Three Word Address





  • That's very awesome.



  • That is awesome. That's a very intriguing way to think about addresses! Not to mention the funny word combinations that could come up.



  • Sounds very odd but very cool idea.



  • That is awesome for countries and places that don't have a reliable addressing scheme. In developed countries with a reliable addressing scheme, I wouldn't see a benefit in going to it.



  • @hobbit666 said in Three Word Address:

    Sounds very odd but very cool idea.

    I concur - Odd,.. but pretty cool that just three simple words can identify ever three meters... Makes me wonder.. where I live now.



  • @penguinwrangler said in Three Word Address:

    That is awesome for countries and places that don't have a reliable addressing scheme. In developed countries with a reliable addressing scheme, I wouldn't see a benefit in going to it.

    I can. Especially for places out in the middle of God's green nowhere. A friend of mine lives in a place where the GPS will send you 10 miles up the road in the wrong direction if you try to go to his street address.

    The 3 word convention would get you aimed in the right direction, whether there are roads to get there or not.



  • @dafyre said in Three Word Address:

    @penguinwrangler said in Three Word Address:

    That is awesome for countries and places that don't have a reliable addressing scheme. In developed countries with a reliable addressing scheme, I wouldn't see a benefit in going to it.

    I can. Especially for places out in the middle of God's green nowhere. A friend of mine lives in a place where the GPS will send you 10 miles up the road in the wrong direction if you try to go to his street address.

    The 3 word convention would get you aimed in the right direction, whether there are roads to get there or not.

    I was thinking about this issue. Will GPS work more reliably with this three word address versus the current addressing scheme?
    Like @dafyre I've definitely had GPS take me some strange places (read completely wrong place) when given an address - and by GPS I mean Google Maps.



  • One issue I see with this is the ability to give general directions to where you live. Of course we could keep street names, but holding only to legacy things seems like a waste of money in this type of switch, but the lack of legacy things like street names makes it difficult or impossible for people to have a good sense of relation from one space to another, especially when neighboring blocks don't share a common name, as shown in the example.



  • @dashrender The entire point is you don't need to give relation to anything. All GPS would have to do is record ever 3 meter area of the world and you could get to that exact 3 meter location.

    Legacy uses need not apply, as there are million streets all named the same thing. Your GPS could happily get this mixed up with one across the nation.



  • Sure, but we are people - we as people like having a rough idea of where things are in relation to each other. But only having the three word address, we're basically forced to use a computer to give relation, period, end of line.

    What used to be a 1 min conversation, where do you live? I live at 50th and Dodge - and the asker knows pretty much exactly where that is in the city and knows things automatically like route from current location, etc.
    Of course this is legacy type information, and with self driving cars, perhaps eventually that becomes irrelevant - but we're still a pretty long way away from them being ubiquitous.



  • @dashrender But the three word address system could be synonymous with "I live at .yellow.cloud.google" the same as "I'm at 50th and dodge"

    Just requires an adjustment of familiarity.



  • This has a lot more application than just home addresses. Large parking lots, whole-in-the-wall diners in large cities, as mentioned before, out in the country because the address either doesn't exist or GPS, such as Google Maps has pinned that location 10 miles down a country road.

    In my town, I live on the east end of the street, but the street doesn't have a west end. Its small but could be confusing to somebody that isn't familiar with my town. This would make it easier in my town as well when street addresses don't make sense because of poor town planning.



  • @dustinb3403 said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender But the three word address system could be synonymous with "I live at .yellow.cloud.google" the same as "I'm at 50th and dodge"

    Just requires an adjustment of familiarity.

    Really? Think about what you just said. You mean a person for the first time and you're going to their place.. and the tell you they live at horse.shoe.staple - why would you have any idea where in the city that is? You've never been there before.



  • @nerdydad said in Three Word Address:

    This has a lot more application than just home addresses. Large parking lots, whole-in-the-wall diners in large cities, as mentioned before, out in the country because the address either doesn't exist or GPS, such as Google Maps has pinned that location 10 miles down a country road.

    In my town, I live on the east end of the street, but the street doesn't have a west end. Its small but could be confusing to somebody that isn't familiar with my town. This would make it easier in my town as well when street addresses don't make sense because of poor town planning.

    This absolutely gets rid of ambiguity, which I love!



  • @dashrender said in Three Word Address:

    @dustinb3403 said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender But the three word address system could be synonymous with "I live at .yellow.cloud.google" the same as "I'm at 50th and dodge"

    Just requires an adjustment of familiarity.

    Really? Think about what you just said. You mean a person for the first time and you're going to their place.. and the tell you they live at horse.shoe.staple - why would you have any idea where in the city that is? You've never been there before.

    I'm making the assumption there is some tie in with the words, rather than just random words jumbled together. Which could be completely wrong.

    At the same time computers, phones, gps would be able to remember a single map. So you'd say "Hey Siri take me to Horse.Shoe.Staple" and she'd guide you there.



  • @dustinb3403 said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender said in Three Word Address:

    @dustinb3403 said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender But the three word address system could be synonymous with "I live at .yellow.cloud.google" the same as "I'm at 50th and dodge"

    Just requires an adjustment of familiarity.

    Really? Think about what you just said. You mean a person for the first time and you're going to their place.. and the tell you they live at horse.shoe.staple - why would you have any idea where in the city that is? You've never been there before.

    I'm making the assumption there is some tie in with the words, rather than just random words jumbled together. Which could be completely wrong.

    Correct, your assumption is wrong. Naming of blocks provides no indication to their location - did you watch the video? On stage, the two blocks had two totally different names.

    As for an app - there is already a google maps like app. Though looking through it, it still needs a lot of work. https://map.what3words.com/



  • @dashrender said in Three Word Address:

    @dustinb3403 said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender said in Three Word Address:

    @dustinb3403 said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender But the three word address system could be synonymous with "I live at .yellow.cloud.google" the same as "I'm at 50th and dodge"

    Just requires an adjustment of familiarity.

    Really? Think about what you just said. You mean a person for the first time and you're going to their place.. and the tell you they live at horse.shoe.staple - why would you have any idea where in the city that is? You've never been there before.

    I'm making the assumption there is some tie in with the words, rather than just random words jumbled together. Which could be completely wrong.

    Correct, your assumption is wrong. Naming of blocks provides no indication to their location - did you watch the video? On stage, the two blocks had two totally different names.

    As for an app - there is already a google maps like app. Though looking through it, it still needs a lot of work. https://map.what3words.com/

    Well, Here I am.
    https://map.what3words.com/matter.tribune.frog

    But if I walk to the door of my office...
    https://map.what3words.com/drives.face.boring



  • While my wife is currently in https://map.what3words.com/funny.career.units



  • @dustinb3403 said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender said in Three Word Address:

    @dustinb3403 said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender But the three word address system could be synonymous with "I live at .yellow.cloud.google" the same as "I'm at 50th and dodge"

    Just requires an adjustment of familiarity.

    Really? Think about what you just said. You mean a person for the first time and you're going to their place.. and the tell you they live at horse.shoe.staple - why would you have any idea where in the city that is? You've never been there before.

    I'm making the assumption there is some tie in with the words, rather than just random words jumbled together. Which could be completely wrong.

    At the same time computers, phones, gps would be able to remember a single map. So you'd say "Hey Siri take me to Horse.Shoe.Staple" and she'd guide you there.

    They really don't. I went to the Golden Gate Bridge with this and this is what I discovered.

    Center (Starting Point) people.flap.fades
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    South oven.onions.task
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    North tries.marker.take
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    East brass.count.worry
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    West bucks.safely.drum
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    I'm not a mathematician, but I'm not seeing any logical thought process in this system so far. If somebody smarter than me can better explain it, please do.



  • @nerdydad said in Three Word Address:

    I'm not a mathematician, but I'm not seeing any logical thought process in this system so far. If somebody smarter than me can better explain it, please do.

    I would guess they are vastly different to ensure you're in the correct block. If blocks near each other have similar names, you could end up in the wrong block by accident.



  • @dashrender Simply just by confusion.



  • Here is my wife's childhood home.
    https://map.what3words.com/tidying.familiar.wisely



  • @dashrender said in Three Word Address:

    @dustinb3403 said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender But the three word address system could be synonymous with "I live at .yellow.cloud.google" the same as "I'm at 50th and dodge"

    Just requires an adjustment of familiarity.

    Really? Think about what you just said. You mean a person for the first time and you're going to their place.. and the tell you they live at horse.shoe.staple - why would you have any idea where in the city that is? You've never been there before.

    We would give folks directions, the same as we do now. "Hang a right at green.frog.pocketbook. Then take the third left onto brown.apple.fritter. I'm at horse.shoe.staple -- about 5 minutes down."



  • @dashrender said in Three Word Address:

    @dustinb3403 said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender said in Three Word Address:

    @dustinb3403 said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender But the three word address system could be synonymous with "I live at .yellow.cloud.google" the same as "I'm at 50th and dodge"

    Just requires an adjustment of familiarity.

    Really? Think about what you just said. You mean a person for the first time and you're going to their place.. and the tell you they live at horse.shoe.staple - why would you have any idea where in the city that is? You've never been there before.

    I'm making the assumption there is some tie in with the words, rather than just random words jumbled together. Which could be completely wrong.

    Correct, your assumption is wrong. Naming of blocks provides no indication to their location - did you watch the video? On stage, the two blocks had two totally different names.

    As for an app - there is already a google maps like app. Though looking through it, it still needs a lot of work. https://map.what3words.com/

    I did watch the video, and I made the assumption he wasn't using an actual 3 word address in his speech... but he could've been.



  • @dafyre said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender said in Three Word Address:

    @dustinb3403 said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender But the three word address system could be synonymous with "I live at .yellow.cloud.google" the same as "I'm at 50th and dodge"

    Just requires an adjustment of familiarity.

    Really? Think about what you just said. You mean a person for the first time and you're going to their place.. and the tell you they live at horse.shoe.staple - why would you have any idea where in the city that is? You've never been there before.

    We would give folks directions, the same as we do now. "Hang a right at green.frog.pocketbook. Then take the third left onto brown.apple.fritter. I'm at horse.shoe.staple -- about 5 minutes down."

    LOL - yeah, because that's so usefull 😛



  • @dashrender said in Three Word Address:

    @dustinb3403 said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender But the three word address system could be synonymous with "I live at .yellow.cloud.google" the same as "I'm at 50th and dodge"

    Just requires an adjustment of familiarity.

    Really? Think about what you just said. You mean a person for the first time and you're going to their place.. and the tell you they live at horse.shoe.staple - why would you have any idea where in the city that is? You've never been there before.

    Yeah, it is ONLY useful with a GPS mapping system.



  • @dafyre said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender said in Three Word Address:

    @dustinb3403 said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender But the three word address system could be synonymous with "I live at .yellow.cloud.google" the same as "I'm at 50th and dodge"

    Just requires an adjustment of familiarity.

    Really? Think about what you just said. You mean a person for the first time and you're going to their place.. and the tell you they live at horse.shoe.staple - why would you have any idea where in the city that is? You've never been there before.

    We would give folks directions, the same as we do now. "Hang a right at green.frog.pocketbook. Then take the third left onto brown.apple.fritter. I'm at horse.shoe.staple -- about 5 minutes down."

    Might as well just use GPS coordinates, that's even easier for humans to use because they increment in expected ways.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender said in Three Word Address:

    @dustinb3403 said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender But the three word address system could be synonymous with "I live at .yellow.cloud.google" the same as "I'm at 50th and dodge"

    Just requires an adjustment of familiarity.

    Really? Think about what you just said. You mean a person for the first time and you're going to their place.. and the tell you they live at horse.shoe.staple - why would you have any idea where in the city that is? You've never been there before.

    Yeah, it is ONLY useful with a GPS mapping system.

    I definitely agree with this.

    I don't see the 3-word system replacing current infrastructure -- especially in first world countries. But I definitely see it becoming a great addtion to it.



  • @dafyre said in Three Word Address:

    @scottalanmiller said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender said in Three Word Address:

    @dustinb3403 said in Three Word Address:

    @dashrender But the three word address system could be synonymous with "I live at .yellow.cloud.google" the same as "I'm at 50th and dodge"

    Just requires an adjustment of familiarity.

    Really? Think about what you just said. You mean a person for the first time and you're going to their place.. and the tell you they live at horse.shoe.staple - why would you have any idea where in the city that is? You've never been there before.

    Yeah, it is ONLY useful with a GPS mapping system.

    I definitely agree with this.

    I don't see the 3-word system replacing current infrastructure -- especially in first world countries. But I definitely see it becoming a great addtion to it.

    Except... who needs an addition to it. The concept is interesting, but really, who needs this. What existing problem does it solve?


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