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hu

(other) : an epicene pronoun that does not take gendered form—pronounced with a short u sound (almost like huh).

The lucky winner of tonight's bingo game can take home hu winnings immediately.

Submitted by: D.N. DeLuna from Maryland on Dec. 23, 2007 21:22

humy, or humie (noun) : (a diminutive from human; cf. Johny, sweetie) - an affectionate name for humans that implies their smallness; a human being as an interlocutor of thinking machines or other creatures with a superior intelligence. The term resonates with "humiliated," the role humans may assume in a technosociety dominated by artificial intelligence.

For somebody as smart as this humy, you have to wonder why he cannot conquer death. —Mikhail Epstein, article "The Unasked Question", 2004

Submitted by: Mikhail Epstein from Georgia Us on Mar. 31, 2007 20:36

virtonautics (noun) : (virtual + nautics, from Gr nautikos, of ships, sailing, like in astronautics) - experimental exploration and development of virtual worlds.

Now virtonautics is still in embryo, but in the future it will become as common an occupation as aeronautics and astronautics today. —Mikhail Epstein, "Début de siecle", 2001

Submitted by: Mikhail Epstein from Georgia Us on Mar. 31, 2007 20:31

videocracy

(noun) : (Lat video, I see + Lat cratia, from Gr kratos, power, rule; cf. ideocracy) – the power of visual images in shaping contemporary societies; the crucial impact of television, cinema, internet, and advertising on public opinion, political affairs, market strategies, etc.

Ideocracy is dead, the so-called communist countries are communist no longer. Was it the power of democratic ideals or American videocracy that ended the communist utopia? Perhaps videocracy has become an indispensable part of democracy in the media age. —Mikhail Epstein, "Videocracy", 1992

Submitted by: Mikhail Epstein from Georgia Us on Mar. 31, 2007 20:28

videology (noun) : (from Lat video, I see + Gr. logos, word, thought, doctrine; cf. ideology) - the impact of visual media on social mentality, the cumulative political effects of visual information.

The power of ideology that culminated with totalitarian communist regimes in the 20th century has been successfully contested by the Western art of videology: visual images appear to be rhetorically more convincing than abstract verbal ideas. —Mikhail Epstein, "Videocracy", 1992

Submitted by: Mikhail Epstein from Georgia Us on Mar. 31, 2007 20:27

Engnet (abbreviation) : (English + net) – the English language sector of WWW.

Engnet now contains about 50 billion word occurrences whereas Runet (Russian network) only 5 billions. —Mikhail Epstein, PreDictionary, 2003

Submitted by: Mikhail Epstein from Georgia Us on Mar. 31, 2007 20:24

socionetics (noun) : (social + net + suffix -icss) – a discipline that explores socially transformative effects and potentials of electronic networks.

Socionetics studies so called ad hoc electronic communities and the spontaneous democracy that emerges from them, as opposed to the bureaucratic style of representative democracy. —Mikhail Epstein, Predictionary, 2003

Submitted by: Mikhail Epstein from Georgia Us on Mar. 31, 2007 20:14

EGG

(abbreviation) : electronically generated group

In 2003, we observe the rapid emergence of EGGs that assimilate the speed and fluidity of electronic connections and disseminate them through the societal world. —Mikhail Epstein, Predictionary, 2003

Submitted by: Mikhail Epstein from Georgia Us on Mar. 31, 2007 20:12

netification (noun) : (net + suffix –ification; cf. notification, stratification) - the transformative impact of electronic networks on society, culture, etc.

The future lies in the netification of society, i. e. making it as transparent to mind and open for communication as an electronic network. —Mikhail Epstein, Predictionary, 2003

Submitted by: Mikhail Epstein from Georgia Us on Mar. 31, 2007 20:10

netify

(verb) : to make a server-based application Internet-based

It would be a lot more cost effective if we were to just netify that application.

Submitted by: Jean-Luc from Michigan on May. 30, 2008 10:46

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