have more intrinsic value than gold.
Cultures for thousands of years have valued gold, but for the reasons you say? Or perception? I doubt ancient civilizations cared about anti microbial qualities or scientific experiments. And copper is a better conductor. I daresay they were interested in its perceived beauty.
On the other hand Bitcoin, like gold, cannot be created/inflated as a currency yet unlike gold can't be seized or prohibited in use* by any government.
*as far as a government's ability to completely block all access to the global Internet.
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