When the drama at OpenAI was unfolding in fall 2023, many people found themselves looking to roon — who was widely known for working in an undisclosed research role at OpenAI — for his perspective on the short-term future instead of the longer term thinking he has primarily become known for.

Despite his secret identity, roon has become recognized for his ability to eloquently (and sometimes, not-so-eloquently) explain elaborate ideas.

roon’s grandiloquent commentary on tech and AI attracted a following on X months before he would become widely recognized for starting the shape rotators vs. wordcel meme.

In early February 2022, VICE even interviewed him about the idea — where they also described him as a “prolific shitposter”.

This sounds like something a wordcel would write.

Even though roon’s day job is researching cutting-edge AI concepts for major companies... the shape rotators vs. wordcels meme has clearly taken on a life of its own.

It didn’t take long for some of the most prominent personalities on the internet to get involved.

This was hilarious.

This was a surprise.

This was totally unexpected.


Generative AI: autocomplete for everything
A joint blog post by Noah and roon on the future of work in the age of AI
OK, WTF Are Wordcels and Shape Rotators?
Knowing what shape rotators and wordcels are will make you significantly dumber, but if you simply must, read on.
Roon — On Shape Rotators, AGI & Tenet (EP.188)
AI researcher, memelord extraordinaire, and techno-optimist Roon joins the show to discuss coming up with the shape rotator vs. wordcel meme, what an AGI…