During a Q&A session, Andreas M Antonopoulos, the Author of Mastering Bitcoin and a well-known Bitcoin influencer, spoke about whether Bitcoin [BTC]’s price plays a significant role in its adoption. He also spoke about whether Bitcoin can disrupt the governments, financial system and reduce corruption if the cryptocurrency’s value does not greatly increase in value relative to goods and services including fiat currencies.
Antonopoulos stated that cryptocurrencies can disrupt centralized banking and financial institutions. This is because of the “mere fact” that cryptocurrencies exist as an exit system, a “safety vault” and as a “safe haven”, he said. Moreover, he said that the increase in Bitcoin’s price is not going to be the prominent player in bringing about the change. Whereas, Bitcoin being used by people in order to escape from oppressive governments who are stealing their citizen’s money will be a catalyst to bring about the change.
The author said:
“…it’s not values that makes it useful it’s utility that makes it valuable. So it’s the other way around so Bitcoin will increase in value if it’s useful and it doesn’t need to increase in value in order to be useful that’s confusing cause and effect”
Antonopoulos further spoke about Bitcoin’s real-world use-case for the unbanked. The author was questioned about why there were only 4 billion people using banks around the globe; whether it was due to improper identity proof, people’s lack of trust in the current financial system or if it was cost-effective for banks to not have branched in rural areas.
The Bitcoin influencer stated it was because of all the 3 above-mentioned reasons – lack of identity proof, access to banking facilities and distrust in the financial system. He further added that the total number of people around the world who do not have the ability to open a bank account was quite “shocking”. He went on to say that even if these people had access to the financial systems they would end up facing several restrictions, including the withdrawal and deposit limit.
“So even though the numbers are somewhere between two and a half billion and four billion people who have zero access to banking so cash based entirely, there’s also another two billion people who have access to banking but that access is severely restricted so they have access to perhaps one currency with very few choices they can’t change currencies…”
He further added:
“so it’s not really their money so all of this great sum of people who are either unbanked completely or under banked is one of the things that I think we may be able to solve with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in the long run”
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