Normies Don’t ‘Actually Care About Decentralization’: Arthur Hayes

Arthur Hayes, the CEO of cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX, has dismissed the idea that mainstream users of cryptocurrency actually care about decentralization. In an interview with Cointelegraph, Hayes argued that the only factors that matter to mainstream users are fees and convenience, with decentralization being a secondary concern. He also suggested that the proliferation of stablecoins was indicative of the universal desire for stability in the cryptocurrency market.

Arthur Hayes, the former CEO of cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX, mentioned in a recent podcast that decentralization may not be as important to the masses as it is to the fundamental ideals of the technology. Digital assets allow individuals to maintain ownership of their funds and conduct transactions without the need for financial institutions. However, Hayes claimed that millions of people opt to rely on centralized institutions that offer frictionless crypto-related products and services, making the technology more palatable for the masses.

Hayes stated that the average person doesn’t care about decentralization or centralization; what matters to them is having a good price, good product, and a good user experience. While non-custodial wallets and decentralized exchanges are examples of how crypto doesn’t require financial intermediaries, Hayes suggested that there isn’t much demand for decentralized crypto products because their impact on investing’s bottom line is negligible for most people.

Instead, inflation is something that provokes greater engagement in crypto than the idea of decentralization. Hayes believes the fear among depositors in Silicon Valley Bank that they would not be made whole when the bank failed last month is one recent example. Hayes added that whether or not a decentralized crypto product is eventually widely adopted by the masses will likely be determined by external factors outside of crypto, such as inflation or the recent banking crisis in the U.S.

In conclusion, Hayes noted that the balance between centralization and decentralization could change over time as decentralized crypto products become more robust. He hopes that more people will work on solutions that make it easier to use, so that competition will be more fair. Ultimately, whether or not the average person manages their own crypto or trades on a decentralized exchange may not matter, as not everyone has the desire to run their finances, regardless of crypto’s future learning curve.

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