Most people think about bitcoin as an alternative to something they already know, as opposed to an enabler of something they never considered.
In 1985, Steve Jobs was asked by a journalist for concrete reasons why anyone would buy a computer for the home. He answered that “so far, that’s more of a conceptual market than a real market.”
He went on to say that if you aren’t buying a PC to help you do business work at home, then you probably want one because “you know there’s something going on, you don’t exactly know what it is, so you want to learn.” But, he added, “This will change: computers will be essential in most homes.”
When the journalist pressed him to explain why, he predicted the internet, saying “The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network,” adding, “We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people — as remarkable as the telephone.”
A lot of people thought he was crazy.