Conor White-Sullivan 𐃏🔍🇺🇸 Profile picture
Co-founder of @RoamResearch. Our pronouns are We/Us/Nosotros
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Mar 30 7 tweets 4 min read
The more I’ve worked on structuring knowledge, the more I’ve learned to value illegible intuition, the more I play with LLMs the more I think that creative intuition is just token completion CONSCIOUSNESS IS NOT NECESSARY FOR THINKING

You can see for yourself if you follow the example from [[Julian Jaynes]]

Mar 14 5 tweets 4 min read
As Mormon Eliezer, please explain why you believe the Jesus Christ is actually a post-human Artificial General Superintelligence.

Brought to you by [[GPT-4]] ImageImageImage Please explain why you, Mormon Eliezer, believe a Posthuman Superintelligence could not reveal itself to people without impinging on their agency and development, and why our Heavenly Father only reveals himself to those who have tremendous faith ImageImageImage
Feb 8 7 tweets 5 min read
Have been working with the door closed for the past few years. @nikitonsky and I agreed yesterday that it's about time we kick it down.

Goal for the next 6 weeks:

30 tweet sized demos of small improvements and experiments shipped to @RoamResearch

Threaded here.

Wish us luck! @nikitonsky @RoamResearch First demo. A new stand alone component for the / command [[streak]]

Provide it a reference to one or more pages or blocks, it will generate a heatmap showing how often that ref pattern appeared in your daily notes

Click any cell to open matching…… Image
Dec 7, 2022 5 tweets 1 min read
Watched the Stutz documentary a few days ago.

During and immediately following I thought “not bad” but…

a few of the ideas stuck with me and the days since have been some of the most productive and enjoyable I’ve had in last few months.

Pretty sure there’s a there there
Sep 13, 2022 10 tweets 2 min read
Seven Times Have I Despised My Soul
- [[Khalil Gibran]]  
🧵 The first time when I saw her being meek that she might attain height
Sep 13, 2022 7 tweets 2 min read
My newborn daughter has likely now heard more hours of Ayn Rand on Audible than she has heard either of her parents speaking

Was not at all how I planned to spend my paternity leave, but WOW was she different than I expected. I read John Galt’s Speech about 10 years ago and figured I’d “got the picture” and there was no need to read the novels.

I was extremely wrong. Most powerful messages Rand has are in subtle psychological developments you see in the side characters and villains.
Sep 8, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
Presidential Portraits by Stable Diffusion Image A bold and daring choice, a reminder to look forward into the future. Truly this is change we can believe in.
Sep 8, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
My only addition to the baby shower registry… I refuse to believe that just cause baby is a girl doesn't mean she isn't going to want to dig really big holes.
Sep 7, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
Rich Hickey : Software ::
Henry Cameron : Skyscrapers Zero doubt for me Rich is the Cameron in my field.

If you already have a sense of what that means, you see it as something extremely highly admirable, and there is an obvious Henry Cameron character in your industry - I would LOVE to know who they are
Sep 2, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
Aug 22, 2022 6 tweets 1 min read
Water broke early this morning, waiting for contractions to start. Pray for us and the baby.
Aug 20, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
What they don’t want you to know is that Tony Robbins is a covert operation by Benchmark Capital.

Alex Jones taught me.
Aug 19, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
LISP @webdevMason tells me all she knows about lisp is “the comic”

Of course I’d assumed it one of these though
Jul 28, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
Saying the quiet part out loud There is a huge space of open opportunity to build tools for thought that support new workflows and help users think through hard problem more clearly and achieve their goals

But stitching on features that LOOK like ours to try and chase hype accelerates descent to disillusion
Jul 28, 2022 5 tweets 1 min read
If I was intelligent enough to accomplish my goals with Apple Notes I would never have needed to build Roam. If you're smart enough to solve all your problems in Apple Notes, I question your ambition.
Jul 27, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
Have to say I really underestimated @kosmik_app

Just had a fantastic call with one of their founders @Paul_Rony and they've done some really incredible stuff under the hood

One of the few #TFT projects I've come across that is pushing frontier on questions that really matter @protocollabs, @inkandswitch @juanbenet @_adamwiggins_, @WardCunningham y'all may want to give this a closer look

iPad first infinite canvass thinking tool built on IPFS, completely p2p, proper transclusion, and a federated-wiki style multiplayer workflow
Jul 11, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
In 2019 when Roam first launched and the biggest problem folks complained about was loading speed - we put a restriction on how many markdown files you could import at once.

Two years later our performance is absurdly better, and I discover we totally forgot to remove the limit! Expect to see change live later today -- I'll update thread when it does
Jul 11, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
When I was growing up, companies were sort of just part of the environment… Never even crossed my mind to think I could just start one. Until it did.

Most movements happen because someone decides to start them.

Literally something you can just try to do.

Might even work. Way more people should be trying to start movements right now.

The ones we’ve got are mostly terrible, “ideological economy” is basically where tech sector was in 2002

Many of the most important things in life we’re missing require successful scaling of social technology
Jul 10, 2022 10 tweets 4 min read
I've always been a little annoyed when people assume that because @RoamResearch is a SaaS application you can access via the browser we're NOT local first.

Roam was literally built Local First!

Great talk from @nikitonsky on type of architecture we use… @RoamResearch @nikitonsky To be clear - from day 1 we've used an in-memory FE database (which is why Roam has always worked offline and never had UI slowness that plauges other apps)

Especially in our early days (before we beefed up our sync system) this meant the initial booting up of a graph was slow.
Jun 28, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
4 years ago when Roam had 0 active users and less than $3k in the bank - we closed a 10k contact w group of researchers who wanted to interview experts in AI and build a megagraph of all the diff beliefs around risks/timelines

Turns out a shitpost meme gets you like 80% there Ideas for how you could make this better

1. People could claim their icon and move it themselves

2. Participants answer yes/no to a list of statements like “X is a bottleneck to AGI” or “Y is necessary for alignment”

3. Users can filter to see how shared priors affect meme
Jun 28, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
There are less than 362,880 possible games of Tic Tac Toe on a 3*3 board

Is there is an elegant proof possible for the exact number of legal games you could play (given that the game ends when someone wins)?

I’d pay $50 to see it. Inspired by this post, and a story about a Rooster who played tic tac toe and never lost…