Seems like a good question to me.
Forex, gambling, pyramid schemes, porn, money laundering and black-market babies are all well and fine. Fiat can get you the same things.
But I want a real bitcoin economy with more productive activities too. Maybe even activities that fiat isn't so good at providing.
There are some real goods and services at https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Trade
, but they seem like more of an afterthought. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's all pretty new after all.
Seems like bitcoin's low transaction costs would be great for micropayments, and its worldwide acceptance would work really well for crowdsourcing small tasks. I can think of dozens of opportunities that aren't focused on the currency itself.
I'm a newbie, so correct me if I'm wrong. Is the productive part of the economy growing as fast as zero-sum sectors like forex and pyramid games?