We believe in tools, and the people who use them. We believe in tools that foster autonomy, encourage inquisitiveness, strengthen personal agency, and drive critical inquiry. We believe knowledge is the essential human project.
We’re building beam because we think something is fundamentally broken in the way the tools at our disposal have us use the web — and thus, our minds. It feels like we have not freely chosen our online practices — that they are habits we have helplessly picked up.
Our tools define our relationship with the world. Web browsers have framed our cognitive behavior to such an extent we don’t question it anymore. Can thinking be reduced to a search box with no memory or context? …