Dave Beer - The Fragment

A newsletter about technology, media and culture.
Created 13 Mar 2019
  • Can A.I. be inventors?
    01 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Robotic/intelligent process automation (RPA/IPA) and artificial intelligence (AI) automation spending worldwide from 2016 to 2023, by segment. Source: Statista The news that an AI system named Dabus h...
  • The Data Problem
    21 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 1 0
    Many of the current visions of a technological new dawn share a common property, they are underpinned by an unshakable faith in data. The UK Government’s Data: A New Direction, published on the 10th o...
  • The making of Foucault
    08 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    How do thinkers happen? We can start with a quite obvious negative. It would seem that they don't arrive fully formed or with a preset direction to their thinking. It is tempting to imagine that they ...
  • Editing bits
    23 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    Writing is rarely current-like, it is nearly always tidal. You can create the conditions and put in the effort, yet it seems to arrive mostly on its own schedule. In contrast, I've usually found editi...
  • Warped records
    13 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Realism or escapism. The choice seems particularly stark at the moment. Defying these poles of creative gravity, The Coral’s expansive new double-album Coral Island hovers somewhere between the two. B...
  • The unmediation of newsletters
    09 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Perhaps there is something impersonal about personalisation. With the focus often being on the rapid networking and targeted filtering of social media, it’s interesting how the newsletter has had a re...
  • The comma
    16 Apr 2021 • 3 min read
    I’ve been reading Peter Salmon’s new book An Event, Perhaps: A Biography of Jacques Derrida. It’s a really good book that weaves through some tough territory. Amongst the expansive ideas, the thing th...
  • Sorting the past
    29 Mar 2021 • 5 min read
    Sometime around the late spring of 2019 I started working on a journal article with Ben Jacobsen. At the time Ben was working on a bigger project about algorithms and memory, the article we began to d...
  • More letters
    12 Mar 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    Famously, according to Walter Benjamin: “Work on a good piece of writing proceeds on three levels: a musical one, where it is composed; an architectural one, where it is constructed; and finally, a te...
  • Memory sticks
    23 Feb 2021 • 3 min read
    I can't bring myself to abandon my memory sticks. In the shifts of technological change, the memory stick has stuck. They seem to have become too deeply embedded in my writing practice to be easily je...
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