ChatGPT founder accused of 'espionage' in Africa for scanning people's eyes – The Telegraph

Kenyan MPs said the project posed a threat to the country's financial system
A company started by the founder of ChatGPT has been accused of “espionage” after scanning people’s eyeballs in exchange for cryptocurrency.
A report by Kenyan MPs claimed that Worldcoin, founded by OpenAI chief executive Sam Altman, was a “threat to statehood”.
It recommended that the project be shut down in the country, where thousands of people have queued to have their retinas scanned in exchange for £45 worth of cryptocurrency. 
Kenya has already ordered Worldcoin to stop signing up new users, warning about how data is stored and saying it is concerned biometric information is being exchanged for financial reward. 
However, the app still operates for existing users.
Other regulators, including Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office, have raised concerns about the technology.
A report from a committee of Kenyan MPs set up to scrutinise Worldcoin said criminal authorities should investigate Tools for Humanity, the project’s parent company, of which Mr Altman is chair. 
It has recommended that Kenya’s communications regulator blacklist Worldcoin’s website within the next week and suspend the company’s physical presence in the country.
It also said the project’s cryptocurrency ambitions present a risk to Kenya’s financial system.
Worldcoin describes itself as a “digital identity and financial network”, positioning itself as a response to the rise of artificial intelligence which will result in widespread fraud and identity scams.
Using a football-sized orb, it scans a person’s retina to confirm their identity and set up an account. 
It has signed up millions of people as it seeks to expand its network across the globe.
However, the company has been accused of taking advantage of people in poorer countries by giving them Worldcoin tokens in exchange for being scanned.
The Kenyan committee said Worldcoin had more than 30 orbs operating around the capital of Nairobi.
It said the Worldcoin Foundation had not signed up to process Kenyans’ data.
“Whereas Worldcoin claims that their main intentions are proof of personhood and establishment of World ID, their real intention is inclined on decentralisation of the global monetary system,” the report said.
Worldcoin did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesman told Reuters that it had “not seen anything official announced by the Committee directly”.
The company was founded by Mr Altman in 2019 alongside Alex Blania, a physicist, and Max Novendstern, a former financier.
Worldcoin has around 150 orbs around the world, two of which are in London.