This episode is sponsored by NYDIG.

Today’s episode is nominally about Worldcoin. The project launched this week with ambitions to airdrop a new cryptocurrency on everyone in the world. To do so, it’s using biometric eye scanning to identify people and the entire cryptosphere – bitcoiners, ethereans and beyond – are sort of not having it. NLW gives the context and background of Silicon Valley’s history with bitcoin and crypto in order to help explain the reaction to Worldcoin.

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. Adam B. Levine is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. The music you heard today behind our sponsor is “Tidal Wave” by BRASKO. Image credit: Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk.