If the news media tried to hype up the internet in the late 80's instead of the mid-90's, this video would be similar to like what it was when I first connected with email, and my "address" was a bunch of numbers, I would have to buy a clunky machine called a "computer" and then buy another huge typewriter-esque thing that you place your phone receiver in to "dial up" the "network" and then it would take minutes to get on, and sometimes it would give you errors, and you had to return your hardware. No stores could fix the things except for nerd stores in the middle of nowhere...
I have a use case for bitcoin: 1. I DON'T live in the regulation hell-hole of the US. (that is why you have to jump through all those hoops, thank FINCEN) 2. I live in one country but make my money in many currencies as I work mostly remotely with clients around the world.. 3. I have an account on various "exchanges" where I can instantly exchange bitcoin at market price (though the exchanges, just like any forex exchanges include hidden fees in the "market price")
Bitcoin is not ready for mainstream, and I agree with you it's clunky, requires a lot of studying ("What's a miner's fee?" is a justifiable WTF moment in a person's first bitcoin experience) and technical knowledge to use. Not to mention if you live in the US, regulations are a pain.
However, "WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS" should stay strictly on the Re: Robocoin ATM, Re: 'Muricans pretense. The US is not the entire world, and just because you have no use case for it does not lower its value or utility for someone like me. I hope you understand this.