Is augmented reality a source of new types of knowledge?

Boleslaw Czarnecki, Tadeusz Czarnecki

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Some everyday cases of cognition show how computers functioning within Plain Reality give us a new type of knowledge. In contrast, the project of Augmented Reality (AR) is epistemologically challenging because it proposes hybrid scenarios which are friendly for cognitive agencies but infuse them with VR overlay that is alienated from reality. Working with the assumption that AR is ontologically heterogeneous, as it mixes experiences of individual objects with experiences of models, we examine its cognitive usefulness. We argue that insofar as our cognitive contact with AR-based simulations may be even better than the celebrated contact with reality, there is room for extending the notion of knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAugmented Reality
Subtitle of host publicationReflections on Its Contribution to Knowledge Formation
EditorsJosé María Ariso
PublisherDe Gruyter
ISBN (Electronic)9783110497656
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

Publication series

NameBerlin Studies in Knowledge Research


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