Impatient for Change

Impatient for Change

When I see a new way of going about something that clearly makes sense, I want it now.

I want cars that can drive themselves now.

I want the entire idea of voicemail to be gone, now.

I want fax numbers to not exist, now.

I want e-mail attachments to never happen again.

I want to eliminate group texting and reply-all.

I want 3000 MPH air tubes for fast travel.

I want zip lines that go from the top of Camelback Mountain to various restaurants around the valley (okay, that might be a bit ridiculous.)

I want it all now because we have the technology to make these things a reality.

Really what I want is for the adoption of inevitable change to happen faster than it does.  I want people who way things like, “yeah, but maybe we still need that old, outdated thing” to embrace the inevitable and stop thinking change is bad….NOW.

The moment I see a way to do away with confusion, I tend to want it to be adopted.  Now.

I have a prediction or two, because I see this happening.

In the future, the very near future, we will no longer drive cars.  They will drive us.  It’s not a secret.  Autonomous vehicles already exist.  Get used to it.

In the future, I want the entire idea that your home needs to have an even or odd, compass-based named location to die.

Imagine how many square miles of of the Earth have a physical address.  “1234 What Street,” you say?

Forget it.  Street addresses will soon go the way of the Dodo.

Enter, What3Words.com.

It’s absolutely brilliant.  Period.

3 Comments
  • Jim newman
    Posted at 13:30h, 07 February Reply

    Think you will be right….the sooner the better!

  • Gary Delaney
    Posted at 15:15h, 07 February Reply

    Addresses/Locations that can be learned/iterated/approximated and on which basic calculations (such as near/far/further/nearer and close to where I was last week) will always be required. This implies that an address must help to create a mental/real-world association with a street/neighborhood or locality and What3Words does not achieve this. Navigation is both a science and a human/animal natural capability and addressing must satisfy related needs.
    Whilst location codes will be used for additional and more precise benefits, addresses/codes which totally rely on technology and databases for even the most basic comprehension will have a short lived future. To say otherwise is to suggest that because of autonomous vehicles humans will never drive again just for the experience and the enjoyment and, even when not driving, will never take an interest in where they are, where they are going, how long it will take and how to get there.
    There is no substitute for a Nation developing and maintaining its own National Address infrastructure. Deferring that to a commercial/enterprise/private database is not a solution but a setback!
    More related concerns, derived from a knowledge of the science of navigation & the requirements of communications are expressed here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what3words-confusion-suitable-emergency-response-gary-delaney

    • Jon Griffith
      Posted at 22:00h, 09 August Reply

      These are interesting points.

      Regarding autonomous vehicles, what about the possibility that legislators may outlaw driving your own vehicle when the safety record is proven? I think it’s a possibility…

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