REST API - referencing the actual column name instead of the number

I would like to the API to use the object name (eg. "Account") and field (eg. "Name") for reference in the calls. This update would allow code to be re-used much more easily if on similar apps or if fields need to be re-created. Currently the API used the system-assigned IDs which is difficult to use & remember as it is not in "human" language.

For example, I would like to call the "Name" field on the "Account" object instead of "field_9" on "object_2". This is very similar to Zapier integration where their "Setup Preview" allows you to toggle on the field name instead of the field_IDs.