Word: augmediated

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sat Mar 9 16:16:34 UTC 2013

If Google Glass does take off, then there's another word I predict
we'll be hearing a lot more: "glasshole".


On Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 3:44 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
> The media blitz for Google Glass continues. In the 1990s Steve Mann
> was a graduate student at MIT, and he helped create old-school
> wearable computing systems. Mann says "Google Glass is much less
> ambitious than the computer-mediated vision systems I constructed
> decades ago." The word augmediated which appears in the title of a
> recent article by Mann in IEEE Spectrum magazine was constructed by
> combining augmented and mediated, I think. Not sure when augmediated
> was coined.
> Steve Mann: My “Augmediated” Life
> What I’ve learned from 35 years of wearing computerized eyewear
> By Steve Mann  /  March 2013
> http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/profiles/steve-mann-my-augmediated-life
> Augmediated does not appear in the following excerpt.
> [Begin excerpt]
> Because my computerized eyewear can augment the dark portions of what
> I’m viewing while diminishing the amount of light in the bright areas,
> I say that it provides a “mediated” version of reality. I began using
> this phrasing long before the rise in popularity of the more
> widespread term “augmented reality,” which usually refers to something
> less interesting: the overlay of text or graphics on top of your
> normal vision. That doesn’t improve your eyesight. Indeed, it often
> makes it worse by obscuring your view with a lot of visual clutter.
> [end excerpt]

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