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AI-Powered Proof of Individuality

As technology makes new, magnificent progress every day, AI-Powered proof of individuality has become an essential part of our daily existence.
07 Mar 2023
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Throughout the years, technology has transformed the way we operate as humans in society. It brought great changes to the way we work, study, communicate, and interact with one another. Furthermore, it has made these things easier, faster, and more accessible than ever before. 

We’re headed towards a digitized future, where we learn more about state-of-the-art artificial intelligence. However, the more we learn about artificial intelligence, the more it learns about us.

In this article, we will firstly discuss artificial intelligence, what it is and how we can use it to navigate the digital world. Secondly, we’ll explore the benefits and drawbacks of artificial intelligence. Lastly and most importantly, we’ll elaborate on ways to use AI-powered proof of individuality methods to keep our community’s individuality, privacy, and digital identities safe.


  • Artificial Intelligence and Humanity
  • AI-Powered Proof of Individuality
  • How can AI-Powered Proof of Individuality benefit us?
  • How does AI-Powered Proof of Individuality work?
  • AI-Powered Proof of Individuality and Selfkey

Artificial Intelligence and Humanity

Humans versus technology

The advancement in technology for the past several decades has stirred a growing debate of humans versus artificial intelligence (AI). For instance, if AI begins to take over tasks which were traditionally associated with people, what are people left with? Their sense of humanity and individual identity. 

Digitalization has impacted every aspect of our lives, making it easier for us to perform our daily tasks. Because of this, we have more or less become dependent on technology in order to operate in the online world. 

Overall, the topic of AI is quite controversial. Throughout history, humans have been cautious about accepting new technologies since the dawn of the industrial age. While technology has undoubtedly brought significant improvements to our lives, an important question remains:

Will AI ultimately be beneficial or detrimental to our well-being in the long run?

We will examine the potential advantages and disadvantages of AI in the following sections.

The benefits of Artificial Intelligence

Despite the potential risks and challenges posed by AI, there is no denying that it brings many benefits and advantages for humanity. 

Technology has filled our lives with entertainment, efficiency, and enhanced accessibility by eliminating frustrating and time-consuming tasks. Not only that, but it has made performing our daily tasks considerably easier and it has opened doors to an incredible library of information.

Let’s briefly explore some of AI’s key benefits:

  • Automation. Advanced technology can program AI to do tedious, repetitive mundane jobs, so that humans can focus on more complex and creative tasks.
  • Efficiency. AI has the capability to analyze a large amount of data and find patterns and trends that might be hard for humans to see. This can help individuals make better decisions.
  • Accesibility. Thanks to modern technology, individuals can benefit from applications that make working, studying, and communicating remotely much easier. 
  • Accuracy. Under careful supervision, AI can perform tasks with high accuracy, reducing the risk of errors and improving performance tremendously.

The dark side of Artificial Intelligence

With AI progressing at incredible speeds, technology has raised concerns about privacy and security. One of the biggest concerns nowadays is the threat of AI stealing human identities. There has been an increase in data breaches and cyberattacks, which leads to a growing need for stronger security measures to protect our personal data.

Like any other innovation, AI undoubtedly has its drawbacks, which are often overshadowed by its benefits. Basically, AI systems are designed to learn and make decisions based on data. Therefore, if the data used to train these systems is biased or incomplete, it can lead to flawed decision-making. 

We can understand the dark side of AI once we examine some of its potential risks and negative impacts:

  • In the wrong hands, AI systems can be used for malicious purposes, such as cyberattacks.
  • Because of this, privacy and security are major concerns when it comes to AI.
  • Data breaches could result in divulging sensitive data, leading to significant consequences, like loss of privacy.
  • Hackers can make use of the leaked data to steal or forge individuals’ digital identities.
  • AI can generate fake identities, which can be used to influence the decision-making or output of a system.

As AI systems continue to evolve, it becomes more and more difficult to predict their actions. Consequently, we cannot hold them accountable for their faulty behavior. 

What can we do, then?

Artificial intelligence is currently not a sentient being, it cannot make its own decisions. 

It can either be used for good purposes or for malicious purposes, depending on the intentions of the individuals behind it. And, while humans are not equipped with the accuracy and efficiency of state-of-the-art technology, we can use AI to fight against malicious AI.

Thankfully, there is a method which can verify an individual’s identity in a secure, efficient and highly accurate manner. 

AI-Powered Proof of Individuality

What is Proof of Individuality?

Proof of individuality (POI) is a protocol that supports the statement that every person is a distinct and unique individual. As a matter of fact, individuality is a core aspect of human existence. It refers to the one-of-a-kind set of characteristics, thoughts, emotions and perspectives that make each person different from one another. 

While digital identities can be stolen and sold, individuality is not something which, at the moment, can be duplicated. At this time, it represents our liveliness as real, tangible, mindful beings.

Identification in modern times

Identification is an important aspect of our lives. Above all, it is unique to each and every one of us, and it represents our liveliness. Therefore, as technology makes new, magnificent progress every day, AI-Powered proof of individuality has become an essential part of our daily existence. From accessing bank accounts to opening doors, AI-Powered proof of individuality has revolutionized the way we identify ourselves.

Some of the most common AI-Powered proof of individuality methods are:

  • Fingerprints
  • Facial recognition
  • Iris scans

These biometric identification methods are highly accurate and reliable, making them the go-to method for identification in many industries.

How can AI-Powered Proof of Individuality benefit us?

Overall, AI-Powered proof of individuality has many advantages. Particularly:

  • Speed
  • Accuracy
  • Remote identification


  • The traditional methods of identification, such as presenting a physical paper for verification can cause delays.
  • Ai-Powered proof of individuality methods are much quicker. For example, using a fingerprint scanner can take only a few seconds.
  • As a result, Ai-Powered proof of individuality methods are efficient in situations where time is of the essence.


  • Biometric methods such as facial recognition and iris scans are highly accurate.
  • In such a case, the chance of false positives or false negatives is minimal.
  • This level of accuracy is ideal for high-security situations, such as airport security or government buildings.

Remote identification

  • AI-Powered proof of individuality made it possible to identify individuals remotely.
  • With the use of online identification tools, individuals can verify the authenticity of each other’s identities.
  • There is no need to meet in person anymore. Therefore, physical distance is no longer an obstacle.

How does AI-Powered Proof of Individuality work?

A brief description

AI-Powered proof of individuality uses artificial intelligence to verify an individual’s identity based on their biometric features and behavior. 

As mentioned previously, biometric features are fingerprints, facial recognition, or iris scans

Some of the behavior patterns this technology analyzes are:

  • Typing speed and style. How a person types on a keyboard, how long they pause between keystrokes, and how hard they press the keys.
  • Mouse movements. How a person moves the cursor on a screen, the direction and speed of their movements.
  • Voice patterns. The way a person talks, their pitch, tone and accent.
  • Smartphone usage. The way a person holds or uses their smartphone, the angle of how they hold their device, or how they swipe and tap on the screen.

All in the benefit of the individual

The idea that our devices check our behavior patterns might be anxiety-inducing. Without a doubt, it can be scary thinking how technology knows us better than we know ourselves. However, in this case, AI is programmed to keep our individuality safe from malicious, bad players.

This way, organizations can improve security and prevent identity fraud. Furthermore, AI-Powered proof of individuality is more convenient to access digital services without the need for passwords or tangible identification cards. Passwords can be forgotten, stolen, or compromised.

Consequently, AI-Powered proof of individuality has the potential to positively transform how we verify our identities in the digital age.

AI-Powered Proof of Individuality and Selfkey

SelfKey aims to offer individuals a secure means of verifying their identity through AI-Powered proof of individuality methods. 

Guidelines for users:

  1. The user will first have to perform a KYC check. KYC stands for Know Your Customer, and it is a mandatory process of identifying and verifying an individual’s identity. It is done to ensure that the user is genuinely who they claim to be.
  2. The user will then obtain the SelfKey iD SBTSBT stands for Soulbound Tokens. They are non-transferrable, verifiable, digital tokens that can show an individual’s accreditations, work experience, work history, and past records.
  3. After this, the user onboards to SelfKey DAO. DAO stands for Decentralized Autonomous Organization. It is governed by a community of individuals on a decentralized blockchain network. The rules of a DAO are transparent to all members in order to create equality between users.

The part AI plays

After the user completes all of the steps above, SelfKey will require an AI-Powered selfie check. This modern method of verifying an individual’s identity uses facial recognition technology.

For instance, here’s what happens during an AI-Powered selfie check:

  • The user will take a selfie and submit it to an AI-Powered system.
  • The AI-Powered system will check the photo against a vast collection of pre-verified images.
  • The system will use algorithms to identify unique facial features, like: distance between the eyes, the shape of the jawline, the position of the nose.
  • If the user passes the check, they will receive a POI (proof of identity) credential, which they can stake KEY on.
  • If the user does not pass the check, they will not be allowed to continue.
  • In the case of a false negative, the user will have the possibility to contact support.

These AI-Powered selfie checks will be made periodically, each time a user performs important actions within the SelfKey DAO.

How does this benefit us?

This method is widely used by online platforms and organizations that require a high level of trust and security in their user authentication process. Firstly, it is a quick, convenient, and reliable method. Secondly, and most importantly, AI-powered checks will prevent identity fraud in the online world.

For instance, AI-Powered proof of individuality will efficiently and accurately check that:

  • The user’s selfie is not forged by another individual.
  • The user’s selfie is not AI-generated or fake.
  • The user is a real person.
  • The user’s selfie matches the original selfie they submitted during the KYC check.

Anti-Sybil technology

Did you know that there is a term for “identity fraud” in the digital world? In the context of online security and identity verification, “Sybil” refers to the act of creating multiple fake identities or accounts. 

A single, malicious individual or a group can do that, with the intention of manipulating or deceiving the system. Alarmingly, it can carry out spam attacks, manipulate voting in online polls for elections, even inflate the popularity of a website or social media.

Preventing Sybil attacks is a crucial challenge in the design of many online systems. Thankfully, SelfKey’s AI-Powered proof of individuality methods can fight against that.


Even though technology has posed challenges throughout the decades, it has an immense potential to make society better. AI-Powered Proof of Individuality has become a part of our daily lives, helping us identify ourselves in a quick and efficient manner. The advantages modern identification methods bring are undeniable. 

In spite of that, having concerns about privacy and security is normal, especially when it comes to our individuality. However, SelfKey is aiming to developing methods to combat those who use cutting-edge technology for malicious purposes.

Finally, as technology continues to evolve, we can expect to see even more complex methods of identification in the future. But, it is vital to remember that we are supposed to use technology to enhance our lives, our work, rather than replace them. The solution is to find a balance between technology and humanity.

Together with SelfKey we can achieve that balance. 

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This communication is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation to buy, or a recommendation for any digital asset, nor does it constitute an offer to provide investment advisory or other services. No reference to any specific digital asset constitutes a recommendation to buy, sell or hold such digital asset. Nothing here shall be considered a solicitation or offer to buy or sell any security, future, option or other financial instrument or to offer or provide any investment advice or service.

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This document may contain statements regarding future events based on current expectations. However, some risks and uncertainties could cause results to differ. The views expressed here were based on the information that may change if new information becomes available.

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