Originally Posted by Arkie
All of that is tied to US dollars or some other government's fiat. It still has to go through a central bank. Bitcoin is completely decentralized. It can't be manipulated or counterfeited. It's more divisible. In fact, one bitcoin would have to be worth $1 million for it's smallest unit to equal our penny. It's easier to exchange online, and it can eventually be just as easy to exchange in physical form as our paper money.
You might want to go reread history and look at the banking crises of the 1800s to understand why there is central bank. Bitcoin follows that model pretty closely.