The British artist and theorist Roy Ascott coined the term telematic art in the early 1990s, though the term ‘telematic’ was first used by Alain Minc and Simon Nora in the late 1970s to describe the way computers transmit information.
Much of the writing surrounding telematic art focuses on the human aspect of the medium, the desire to communicate with another even in the virtual world, and how this is central to the creation of the medium.
Roy Ascott has defined telematics as “computer-mediated communications networking between geographically dispersed individuals and institutions . . . and between the human mind and artificial systems of intelligence and perception” (page 232,TELEMATIC EMBRACE VISIONARY THEORIES OF ART, TECHNOLOGY, AND CONSCIOUSNESS)