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    This is more or less the same idea as Urbit address space names.

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      Urbit’s might get around some of the cross-language issue, since it’s based on a handmade dictionary of syllables (512 consonant-consonant-vowel tuples) rather than using every single combination. That gives them leeway to weed out some particular combinations that are problematic in one language or another. (I don’t know if they’ve actually done so, though.)

      #include obligatory disclaimer about the politically problematic nature of Urbit and its founder

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      It’s an interesting idea, but I think he makes some mistakes in the details: ‘b’ and ‘d’ are easily confused in speech, and final ‘h’ is silent. Also, while hard ‘g’ and ‘j’ are very different sounds, the letter ‘g’ is often pronounced like ‘j’ (e.g. the correct pronunciation of ‘GIF’).

      None of this is insurmountable, but I think it demonstrates a need for more work.

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        There are also problems for other languages. Swedes have a hard time telling the difference between s and z, Germans between d/t, b/p, g/k at the end of a word, Japanese between r and l, and so on. The good thing about numbers is that they’re universal.

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          final ‘h’ is silent

          That’s not a problem if you know there’s always a consonant at the end.

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          This is pop science nonsense.

          There are non-pop science analysis of the issues.

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            What takeaways do you have from this paper that proquints could use to improve?

            I only skimmed the paper, but it seems largely focused on naming variables, rather than providing mnemonics for numbers.

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              There are a variety of books on improving recall of information.

              The basic technique is to associate the information to be learned with information that is already stored in long term memory, e.g., the person who learned to store long sequences of numbers by using his knowledge of record breaking running times.

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                This isn’t about teaching people how to memorize long strings of digits.
                It’s about how to replace the strings of digits with something more intrinsically mnemonic.
                It’s also not about designing memorable names from scratch, which appears to be the topic of the paper you linked.