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I don't know that BTC will ultimately prove to be the way to go, but I do think something like that will catch on in a big way.
If you haven't seen it, Andreas M. Antonopoulos's video about BitCoin is pretty informative.
"Now the problem is what works perfectly fine for me may be a horrible experience for some of my coworkers,"
So glad to hear some one advocating Linux say this. It's not all about MY experience and if YOU don't like it then that's YOUR problem.
I agree, only with a tad less snark. But you are right, most people do not need the full power of the PC. Email, Web, streaming video. If a device does those three things then what else do you need? What's that? It makes calls too? One less device to buy. Heck, most people don't use the full power of their phone.