Traders Are ‘Apeing’ Into a Sam Altman Crypto Lookalike, Driving Prices 68% in 24 Hours


Cryptocurrency traders are inadvertently pumping the price of a little-known altcoin they believe belongs to a project conceived by Sam Altman, former president of tech startup accelerator Y Combinator.

Altman, co-founder and CEO of artificial intelligence firm OpenAI, unveiled his “Worldcoin” (WC) project earlier on Thursday, promising fair distribution among as “many people as possible.”

“If a cryptocurrency were adopted at scale, it would vastly increase access to the internet economy and make applications possible that are now unimaginable,” the project’s webpage reads.

The coin facilities on a novel machine WC builders name “the Orb.” The machine captures a picture of a individual’s eye, which is transformed into a quick numeric code, making it potential to determine whether or not a individual has signed up already.

If not, they obtain their free share of Worldcoin.

The drawback is, the coin has but to start buying and selling on the open market, and the coin merchants are associating Altman’s mission one thing utterly unrelated.

WorldCoin (WDC), conceived way back to 2013, is a cryptocurrency “designed to be the world’s first digital currency of the future,” in response to its website. The aim of this altcoin is to turn out to be the “cryptocurrency of choice” for retailers and shoppers for on a regular basis transactions.

Over the final 24-hours, WDC’s value has gone from $0.05 to round $0.09, and is presently up 68.4%, in response to knowledge by CoinGecko.

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