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I don’t think it actually tackles the issue of trust but rather it removes it all together. Originally it was made for irreversible micro transactions where the existence of a trusted middleman made it too expensive for them to be practical.

Trusted middlemen usually serve a useful function in the system but for some use cases (i.e. irreversible micro transactions), they’re too expensive.




From your explanation, I’d argue it doesn’t remove trust, it just makes it so that you don’t particularly worry about trusting anyone (If I buy something for 50 cents who cares if you scam me). Is that a fair representation of your point?


Yes, that’s exactly what I meant. Thanks for clarifying it




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