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News: Time to say goodbye to your street address

News: Time to say goodbye to your street address

Mongolia's post office last week announced that its replacing house numbers and street addresses and instead opting to refer to locations using a series of three words.

And it's no surprise really if you think that more than 75% of the world’s 7.4 billion people don't have a reliable mailing address. A British start-up what3words, launched in 2013 with $500k in seed funding and the goal of changing how the world thinks about and communicates location.

The three-year-old company, what3words, has divided the planet into 57 trillion 3×3-meter squares and assigned each square a unique combination of three words. Each of these locations are given a pre-allocated name consisting of 3 words that are easier to remember than GPS coordinates. So, pretty simple really.

Here’s a map for finding out where you live or, better yet, your next dream destination.

P.S. And in case you're wondering, apparently travel.food.people is in Stockholm!

 
People: Mapping the Mediterranean coastline on a helicopter

People: Mapping the Mediterranean coastline on a helicopter

News: Meatless burger that cooks, smells and tastes real!

News: Meatless burger that cooks, smells and tastes real!