Augmented reality is an amplification and acceleration of one's perception in the form of heads-up displays overlaying information on our picture of the world. Virtual reality, where the overlaid information obliterates the natural world entirely, is the logical extreme of augmented reality. But the ubiquity of physical computing devices need not create further aggrandizement and ossification of self in an edifice of digital data. We can imagine intelligent machines acting as a distributed sensing agents multiplying our ability to see to connect and to learn.