1st, Wired magazine is a prostitute to the legacy system's handlers and Wired's authors/journalists, like the rest of the legacy media, never stray from the line that must be towed. 2nd, blockchain has been confirmed for all to see as a way to store value TRANSPARENTLY as well as providing the opposite service of being able to transact discreetly without middle-men. It banks the unbanked, it transacts with immediacy that the legacy system could never duplicate (without depriving the banking institutions of their handling fees) and it's utterly reliable in comparison to the legacy system. Bankers can put holds on checks, but they can't halt a blockchain transaction.
Contracts on blockchain can and do act as reliable escrows, arbiters and coldly efficient payers which never miscount or hide from auditors.
The single biggest advantage of blockchain and something our legacy system (which is devoid of REAL money like gold and silver) lacks... is TRUST. The consensus system of these blockchains guarantees trust in a way that legacy banks never can.