I asked an AI for video ideas, and they were actually good

I didn't expect this to work so well. • Includes text generated by OpenAI's GPT-3 at my request: openai.com • Art by Chris Quay: www.chrisquay.com/ • Got an idea for a video? www.tomscott.com/contact/
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OpenAI had no control or sign-off on this video, although I agreed to abide by their ethical guidelines and social media policy.
Thanks to Eddie the corgi's owner for introducing me to the folks at OpenAI: eddie_corg
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  1. Tom Scott

    Tom Scott

    8 napja

    I should clarify that by "out of ideas", I mean that I've only got enough to last me until the end of March, or maybe the middle of April if lockdown eases. The way I work, that's close enough that I start to get worried.

    • Beanbot Productions

      Beanbot Productions

      14 órája

      @Doctor Mari-who Scom Tott

    • M8 N8

      M8 N8


      I see one really bad idea that bots could do even today that would bring someone a lot of money but also a lot of misery to people, so I wont even bring it out of my head, purely because if I see that trend happening, I'll feel like shite(and, I'm aware of parallel thinking and I know that someone has probably thought of it and has no moral quandary about it). I see an army of people like hamsters in a wheel running away but never getting there 24/7/365, that's as far i'll go into it..

    • 8192




    • Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!

      Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!


      @TheMiningTeam "The point of GPT-3 is that it creates whole new sentences based on what it has seen before." YES EXACTLY! You do understand it is working off what it has access to? ITS NOT CREATING ANYTHOMNG FROM SCRATCH! Its copying everything it creates from other sentences. Combining words and phrases from other sentences and phrases. Since it doesnt know how to do it! it makes silly suggestions and impossible ones. This is why ARTIFICAL intelligence fails, it requires (REAL) INTELLEGNCE to do the things they try to get ARTIFICAL intelligence to do! You just cant code that!

    • TheMiningTeam



      @Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE! Not anymore. The point of GPT-3 is that it creates whole new sentences *based* on what it has seen before.

  2. Boudreaux Broletariat

    Boudreaux Broletariat

    2 perccel

    the "impossible but fictional" video titles sound like HP lovecraft short stories

  3. cheep the peanut

    cheep the peanut

    20 perccel

    well, of course we don't know anything about such cliff, because it refuses to be one. successfully.

  4. Evan Barnes

    Evan Barnes


    That car went by at just the right point in the sigmoid curve

  5. Coolkidvinny



    I confused in my time but confusion is not a matter of time. Time is the contingency of YOU ARE ARRESTED ON 4 COUNTS OF PURDER. girst pt!!!

  6. garthvater111


    2 órája

    This ai is probably the mastermind behind half as interesting

  7. Lieselotte Aya

    Lieselotte Aya

    2 órája

    "Nostalgia for a thing that never existed" is called conservatism

  8. Benevolent


    3 órája

    If the AI ever suggested the title of this video... is...would that pass the Turing test, or is that a fluke?

  9. TommyWashow


    3 órája

    hypnospace outlaw - nostalgia for something that never existed

  10. Drackar


    4 órája

    Some few of those are things that might come. They might exist... Ten years from now.

  11. Neaox


    4 órája

    Google tells me that 'wistful' might be the world you're looking for when you mention nostalgia.

  12. Anodyne Melody

    Anodyne Melody

    4 órája

    All cliffs refuse to be cliffs, they are continuously eroded by the water cycle. We just don't notice their desperation for suicide because it occurs on a geological time scale, not a human one. So please, have some empathy for the cliffs of the world for at some point they'll all have jumped into the sea.

  13. MrAndrewsAnimations


    4 órája

    6:45 there never was a failed russian utopia yet...

  14. LJCyrus1


    4 órája

    Might "The Cliff that refuses to be a Cliff" simply be someone who's named Cliff trying to change their legal name?

  15. Plumjet09


    4 órája

    Half of these sounds like SCPs

  16. L'éclair


    5 órája

    you know what would've made this video great? if we found out that this video was suggested by an ai.

  17. SlopedOtter


    5 órája

    The best part of current gen AI is that it is absolutely hilarious, even when it works

  18. owenmp4


    5 órája

    and I thought creative takeover was a while down the line

  19. Imagine Kudryavka

    Imagine Kudryavka

    6 órája

    "The cliff that refuses to be a cliff" had me laughing, and I just woke up. Someone needs to make that into a serious video.

  20. Jordan


    6 órája

    There WAS a white square of ice in Antarctica

  21. M


    6 órája

    I mean Scheel's green contained deadly amounts of arsnic and it was developed during the dye industry boom which was part of the Industrial rev so it had something there.

  22. OneBigPlayLister


    6 órája

    "The White Cube at the End of the World" sounds like a rejected Exurb1a video

  23. NoodleBomber


    6 órája

    Anyone know where I can rent Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death?

  24. smokey notifier

    smokey notifier

    7 órája


  25. RogueBeats


    7 órája

    Plot Twist: these videos are real in a parallel universe wich the AI connects to.

  26. Catunyti.6 .4

    Catunyti.6 .4

    7 órája

    Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death

  27. Atomicwinter 31

    Atomicwinter 31

    7 órája

    I love how you could make a channel entirely about castro and everything about him. Like the poisoned milkshake that failed cuz the pills cracked when frozen, or UBRE BLANCA

  28. Evin Drews

    Evin Drews

    7 órája

    You should've had the AI write the script in this video

  29. GalaxyGal040-15


    8 órája

    I really wanna learn about Jeremy Clarkson's lottery of death now

  30. Christopher Birnbaum

    Christopher Birnbaum

    9 órája

    feelin existential dread from this for some reason

  31. ghostboy1225


    9 órája

    Anemoia is the name for nostalgia for something you've never experienced. the concept has a connotation of being for people who are younger than an event feeling nostalgia for said event. looking at popular "old style" letsplays or YT videos/website archives from when youtube/the internet was in its infancy. i think retro shooters play on this feeling heavily perhaps without realising the exact term.

  32. JJ FX

    JJ FX

    9 órája

    Hold up... are you telling me it came up with the CIA plot to assassinate Castro with explosive sea shells but didn't even know it was true??

  33. Svatopluk Čech

    Svatopluk Čech

    10 órája

    I can't believe I wasn't subscribed... Well, I'm now I guess

  34. kackers


    10 órája

    If Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death isn't a real game show in the next few years I am going to mighty disappointed

  35. Hri7566


    10 órája


  36. Aaron Long

    Aaron Long

    10 órája

    Do your viewers know that kirbys dream is a videogame? I thought I'd see at least one comment about it by now but...

  37. Aaron Long

    Aaron Long

    10 órája

    Do your viewers know that kirbys dream is a videogame? I thought I'd see at least one comment about it by now but...

  38. Totally Not A Cylon

    Totally Not A Cylon

    11 órája

    Did you honestly expect no one in *your* audience would recognise Helena Blavatsky as the picture of that Nondescript Russian Baroness.

  39. Benjamin Bradshaw

    Benjamin Bradshaw

    11 órája

    Also, this is why we need critical thinking and to look for sources.

  40. Daniel Budney

    Daniel Budney

    11 órája

    Adding a restriction that the stories be True ... that sounds a lot like the interplay between the different parts of the brain, where the frontal lobe filters impulses and exerts self-control. What GPT-3 has managed seems analogous to what our brains manage during Dreaming or creative efforts like stringing together Poetry. An artist will apply rules to filter and rearrange concepts, but those are based on a World Model that the "AI" simply doesn't have yet. It doesn't have a concept of how things work; it only spots relationships.

  41. Benjamin Bradshaw

    Benjamin Bradshaw

    11 órája

    Nostalgia for a thing that never existed: Resonance - Home

  42. Dekko22


    11 órája

    are you boxing yourself in with "what works"

  43. Eric Bennett

    Eric Bennett

    11 órája

    GPT-3 access gang

  44. Kris Dreemurr

    Kris Dreemurr

    11 órája

    You could try to make something like "Tom Scott Fictional" where there would be the fictional sotries animated or recorded like in 5:54 . Just an idea.

  45. Batch Coder

    Batch Coder

    12 órája

    haha britain colonize moon

  46. Sky Bug

    Sky Bug

    12 órája

    wait Tom the word is just fantasy 😭

  47. AngrySlime- osu!

    AngrySlime- osu!

    12 órája

    7:15 that car timing was perfect

  48. Not Eskinor

    Not Eskinor

    12 órája

    "I don't think there's a word in the English language for 'nostalgia for a thing that never existed'." I'm sure the Germans have one lying around somewhere.

  49. James Burton

    James Burton

    12 órája

    Wow! That's crazy!

  50. EK X

    EK X

    13 órája

    T. Scott: I don't think English has a word for "nostalgia for things that have never existed" Finland/Germany: Hold my kyykkyviini

  51. Glaive


    13 órája

    2:07 …also known as “At Least One Fight Scene From Every Tokusatsu Ever”

  52. scarylion.roar


    13 órája

    "The British Road That is Also A Boat" a car ferry or pontoon bridge

  53. Jesus Acuna

    Jesus Acuna

    13 órája

    7:08 This was the most perfectly planned audio I've heard in a while Too bad it wasn't

  54. NodeX


    13 órája

    All of the ideas you say don't work, I am interested in. I had no idea about any of them.

  55. Willow Rose

    Willow Rose

    13 órája

    'I don't think there is a word for nostalgia for something that doesn't exist' Vaporwave Aesthetics, anemoia, Liminal Images You're welcome.

    • Willow Rose

      Willow Rose

      13 órája

      Excuse me, I forgot weirdcore.

  56. dqtl !

    dqtl !

    13 órája

    2:43 I'd love to see this

  57. The middle man

    The middle man

    13 órája

    This is 2 minute papers with doctor karoly-zolnai-fehér.

    • The middle man

      The middle man

      13 órája

      Sorry if the misspelling of the name triggers you :((

  58. Roland Katsuragi

    Roland Katsuragi

    13 órája

    Tell me more of this Russian utopia in Yorkshire

  59. Chiszle


    13 órája

    This is perfect for HUeye LetsPlay Channels who need to push endless streams of videos and merch on young audiences who would be better off watching you, Tom.

  60. Jacob Falk

    Jacob Falk

    13 órája

    Do some DIY stuff!

  61. Raleigh Koehle

    Raleigh Koehle

    14 órája

    I suppose the closest thing to nostalgia for things that never were would be the mandela effect

    • Tom Scott

      Tom Scott

      13 órája

      THANKS FOR WATCHING. Reach out to me directly for your guidance...!!! ..Whats@pp +1. 3 2 1. 2 5 1. 8 3 1 1..

  62. sinisterLMN


    14 órája

    “The British Road That Is Also A Boat” ...so a hydrofoil then? 🤔

    • Tom Scott

      Tom Scott

      13 órája

      THANKS FOR WATCHING. Reach out to me directly for your guidance...!!! ..Whats@pp +1. 3 2 1. 2 5 1. 8 3 1 1..

  63. Sinom


    14 órája

    At the "the green death and the industrial revolution" thing I was thinking of the DW episode "the crimson horror"

  64. ?


    14 órája

    Plot twist: Those video titles weren't actually fiction...

  65. Batrax


    15 órája

    "Nostalgia for a thing that never existed" is called _rilirin_ in the language of dwarves in a webseries called Worth The Candle, a rational LitRPG story. Worth checking out by the way, it won't appeal to everyone but for those with the right taste it's absolutely amazing.

  66. Daffyd Barnaby

    Daffyd Barnaby

    15 órája

    I think "nostalgia for things that never existed" is called hauntology?

  67. KnitterX


    15 órája

    What if it turns out all those stories are in fact real and nobody beside GPT-3 knows yet?

  68. Jakob


    16 órája

    Anemoia, Hiraeth and Vaporwave are words for nostalgia of a time that never happened (Courtesy of comments)

  69. rifa khattak

    rifa khattak

    16 órája

    Be amazing as evaa @Tom Scott

  70. Ryan O'Rourke

    Ryan O'Rourke

    17 órája

    I wonder will there be ai tinder profiles and ppl will be catfished by some 1s and 0s

  71. Steven Osborn

    Steven Osborn

    17 órája

    The British Road that is also a boat: Isn't that the Isle of Wight Chain Ferry?

  72. Noname _game

    Noname _game

    17 órája

    5:25 in German there ist a word for this. ;-)

  73. neilomac


    18 órája

    "A word for nostalgia for a thing that never existed" - Not-stalgia? Non-stalgia? Lostalgia?

  74. Jim Smith

    Jim Smith

    18 órája

    Don't get me wrong but road that is also a boat sounds like a interesting video to me :)

  75. Nippletwister 2000

    Nippletwister 2000

    19 órája

    Lofthouse is asking you to drive safely, because of the invisible things there... Don't be stupid, sheeple

  76. Mantas Zlioba

    Mantas Zlioba

    19 órája

    I asked an AI for video ideas, and they were actually good continues to talk about the AI

  77. Vishnu Nittoor

    Vishnu Nittoor

    19 órája

    I think you're looking for the word 'anemoia'- It means "nostalgia for a time you've never known". Close enough, I'd say.

  78. John M. Wilson

    John M. Wilson

    19 órája

    I'm guessing your animator want British, the flag isn't right

  79. Ashley Strober

    Ashley Strober

    20 órája

    Nostalgia for a thing that could have existed Is often Hauntology

  80. Nani??!!!?? nice

    Nani??!!!?? nice

    20 órája

    Plot twist: This entire script to this video was written by the AI

  81. Kuchiki Beyakuya

    Kuchiki Beyakuya

    20 órája

    "the white cube at the end of the world" haha what nonsense *sweats in blender*

  82. Some Dude

    Some Dude

    21 órája

    i honestly wouldn't mind if Tom made a video about a bridge over a motorway or about a warehouse in the middle of nowhere.

  83. Tad Wood

    Tad Wood

    21 órája

    Communist AI confirmed

  84. Matthew Anderson

    Matthew Anderson

    22 órája

    Heres a word for that felling "Saudade"

  85. Stepan Kastanayevsky

    Stepan Kastanayevsky

    22 órája

    The dream of a Russian utopia in East Yorkshire let’s go

  86. Varun VC

    Varun VC


    *Next Video Idea:* _How to look 8, 18, 48 and 68 at the same time._

  87. KnuckleHunkybuck



    Where is the location you found of the beach where you can hear the sea? Or did you just edit the audio in afterward?

  88. alegend4evr



    *invest another 10k into AI research fields*

  89. Cly Marin

    Cly Marin


    Tom scott had other things to be worried about, now that we have a generated tom scott, and a video script generator

  90. nutzeeer



    i bet that AI will be free at the end of the year.

  91. Juiceboi PRO

    Juiceboi PRO



  92. John Marshall

    John Marshall


    02:21 The British Road That Is Also A Boat is not nonsense - boat means "Byeway Open to All Traffic"

  93. Maciej Załucki

    Maciej Załucki


    Well, the words "there never was any Russian utopia" may hurt some people more than you might've though.

  94. hen ko

    hen ko


    "The Airport That Lands Planes On Water." Wendover Productions has entered the chat.

  95. Carl Hartwell

    Carl Hartwell


    At the end there, I thought you were going to say _...when that happens, my job will get a bit harder..._ After all, you'll have much more competition.

  96. taped wall

    taped wall


    I hate how this could be editors used to smear you name and credible it’s as a reporter and as long as the voice was loud and the ring anuff it would make people hate your and you followers anyways despight that it’s a great video I love your work

    • hen ko

      hen ko


      an interesting topic nonetheless.

  97. jimbobbyrnes



    well there is always the option of starting a second channel for coding/mathematics teaching. i feel like if you did videos like Ben Eater about whatever sciences that interest you it would probably take off.

  98. Raina Ramsay

    Raina Ramsay


    "They would be wonderful to make, but I can't, because they're not true", says the guy who's already done a video about the AI virus that deleted a century, and the day Google stopped checking passwords

  99. Yuuup




  100. James Postlethwaite

    James Postlethwaite


    What about the bird statues of cumbria that start at maryport roman museum they are mostly in perfect condition and left by romans