Roon is a machine learning engineer, anonymous writer at roonscape.substack.com, and the inventor of the term “wordcel”. He’s an extremely insightful commentator with a similar technical background to mine - all the better for approaching the questions we’re asking today.
Topics discussed include the “wordcel and “shape rotator” meme, the decline of journalism, the conflict between legacy and new institutions, the difficulty of explaining machine learning to lay audiences, how very few people are agentic, niche communities and anonymity, the “neoreactionary” movement, accelerationism, techno-optimism, existential risk, alien life, and which problems machine learning is most likely to solve.
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2:01 interview starts
9:28 legacy journalists
15:11 financial collapse
22:33 Elon Musk and twitter
28:44 "Hate Speech" is a fake term
39:53 Old Money vs. New Money
53:53 Technologists Becoming Disillusioned by Politics
57:01 The Neoreactionary Movement
1:06:30 Existential Risk
1:18:37 Machine Learning in Simple English
1:50:32 Gen Z
1:57:43 Why are tech journalists so incompetent?
2:05:34 Machine Learning Lightning Round
2:07:55 Central Planning
2:11:46 Machine Learning and Emotion
2:18:07 Self-Driving Cars