Self-driving financial institutions on decentralized finance (DeFi) will likely become mainstream sooner, than self-driving cars start to fly, the US Acting Comptroller of the Currency, Brian Brooks, wrote in the op-ed for the Financial Times.
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The DeFi banks can not only solve the problem of the best interest rates, but also "end discrimination" against certain borrowers.
"They [self-driving banks] could even eliminate the risk of fraud or corruption by no longer being run by humans at all," Brooks noted.
While "self-driving banks" on blockchain networks present opportunities, they also pose "the same challenges as autonomous vehicles," the US Acting Comptroller of the Currency emphasizes. He says that in case the technology accelerates withdrawal of depositors' assets, that rush could lead to liquidity risk compared with traditional banks.
The United States gradually moves towards digitization as the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently allowed the US banks to run independent nodes and distributed networks as well as issue their own stablecoins. According to the watchdog, banks "may use new technologies, including INVNs and related stablecoins, to perform bank-permissible functions, such as payment activities."
In December last year, Brooks reassured that the US authorities would not ban bitcoin (EXANTE: Bitcoin). Brooks declined to answer strictly whether the US Department of the Treasury was going to tighten regulation regarding self-hosted crypto wallets or not. However, OCC's head emphasized that nobody is interested in banning technologies related to cryptocurrency transmission.
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