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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Thanks to Eddie the corgi's owner for introducing me to the folks at OpenAI: eddie_corg
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  • Tom Scott
    Tom ScottMiesiąc temu

    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.

  • FFKonoko


    13 godzin temu

    The idea of a subseries where you either do the ai ideas, or document your attempts and research into the ai ideas, could be fun.

  • A J

    A J

    3 dni temu

    The British road that's also a boat- sounds like a ferry that's part of the motorway system. We have a few in the US and Canada.

  • TheCatGoesRawr


    9 dni temu

    Best of luck

  • Allen DeWitt

    Allen DeWitt

    15 dni temu

    Tom, Nostalgia for a thing that never existed is what Vaporwave is.

  • thornofnight


    19 dni temu

    Anemoia is almost a good enough word for "nostalgia for a thing that never existed" because if it has never existed, then one can certainly have nostalgia for that thing they never experienced.

  • Nils Augustson
    Nils Augustson55 minut temu

    You know where the curve flattens. Its when the AI become sentient.

  • Coy Raig
    Coy Raig2 godzin temu

    "The beach where you can hear the sea" is too generic for its own video, but you could probably make a video about the ocean currents that can carry sound waves halfway around the world

  • CaptainBohnenbrot
    CaptainBohnenbrot4 godzin temu

    It's weird, maybe one day we just have to press a button and the AI generates a thousand more poems by Keats or Rilke, Shakespeare or Sophocles. Not sure how I feel about that.

  • toster!
    toster!6 godzin temu

    "Kirby's Dream" Kirby's Dream Land. POYYYOOOO9OOOOOOOO

  • DoorThief
    DoorThief7 godzin temu

    Including this title ;)

  • Fr3nzi3ds Stuff
    Fr3nzi3ds Stuff9 godzin temu

    i wanna see the death lottery screw the others

  • Thea C.
    Thea C.10 godzin temu

    "The white cube at the end of the world" sounds like a Lovecraft story I would read

  • lity fity
    lity fity10 godzin temu


  • How to,s
    How to,s14 godzin temu

    5:08 there is a city that disappeared

  • L Edwards
    L Edwards14 godzin temu

    "Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death" The new series of Millionaire sounds like a bit of a change from established formula, but I'm here for it.

  • Matthew Schneider
    Matthew Schneider19 godzin temu

    Isn’t a road that is also a boat called a ferry?

  • Kitty Craft0
    Kitty Craft023 godzin temu

    4:23 now there are like 17 results at this point in time

  • brennan hewitt
    brennan hewitt23 godzin temu

    I for one am fully on the team "A cliff that refuses to be a cliff"...

  • big oof
    big oof23 godzin temu

    cant wait for loftshire to disappear so we cal all point fingers at tom

  • Mr Bruh
    Mr BruhDzień temu


  • toast
    toastDzień temu

    salty wiganer here. wigan's in the north west, mate.

  • multiple spiders
    multiple spidersDzień temu

    Kirby’s Dreamland looks different than i remember...

  • Clarence Innes
    Clarence InnesDzień temu


  • David Tabner
    David Tabner2 dni temu

    Of course "The Long Forgotten History of the British Moon Landings" isn't possible. But that is because it's not that they're forgotten, we just don't talk about them; to avoid upsetting the Yanks who arrived a decade later than us and only visited a few times. Greetings from Ipswich-in-Crater, The Moon. How is life on Earth these days?

  • Talitha Jane White
    Talitha Jane White2 dni temu

    Gaelic has the word you need! 'Cianalas'- a Scottish Gaelic word that means nostalgia for something that doesn't really exist outside your own imagination/memories...

  • Cptn. Viridian
    Cptn. Viridian2 dni temu

    2:20 Well actually, I'm not sure about in britain, but I know a major highway in Alaska actually has part of it's run only passable by ferry, as in the path that route takes goes right over the ferry, so that is almost a valid title IMO

  • H Arz
    H Arz2 dni temu

    The feeling of Nostalgia about something that didn't exist is something I know from listening to Synthwave.

  • Hriday
    Hriday2 dni temu

    1:38 Why does that thousand sound like it's in more of an Irish accent than usual? I think it's Irish, at least - if it isn't, it is some kind of accent from Britain.

  • Laura
    Laura2 dni temu

    Hahahahahaha I love "The beach where you can hear the sea." If nothing else, this AI could produce top tier shitposting.

  • Alex Parry
    Alex Parry2 dni temu

    surely a landslide is a cliff refusing to be a cliff

  • miketreehouse
    miketreehouse2 dni temu

    The Failed Bomb Plot Pidgeon was the result of a military coo...

  • Poppi
    Poppi2 dni temu

    Would like a video about those post railways!

  • Mathew Stormblessed
    Mathew Stormblessed2 dni temu

    These are all doctor who episode ideas

  • Hexmonkey 2020
    Hexmonkey 20202 dni temu

    Someone should make an AI to realize patterns in text and see if it’s written by an AI

  • Westley Blakeslee
    Westley Blakeslee2 dni temu

    At least the AI thinks you just want to make the world a better place

  • Waggsmith YTP
    Waggsmith YTP2 dni temu

    Kirby’s Dream Land!

  • Egelik22
    Egelik222 dni temu

    2:20 I can actually imagine a boat with a road on it designed to be "portable bridge" for low infrastructure places with water streams.

  • White Wizard
    White Wizard2 dni temu

    Wigan Pier is also in Wigan on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. I never knew about the Westmidlands wigan pier project though so thankyou.

  • Super Pandas
    Super Pandas2 dni temu

    Hey, if your reading this Tom, I have a video idea. You could do another video like the jingle bell one, asking for childhood rhymes, and go through them all. I would find that interesting.

  • Rin Callinen
    Rin Callinen2 dni temu

    5:05 I just want to appreciate this specific art. It’s my favorite out of the ones here.

  • Trey Bolick
    Trey Bolick3 dni temu

    That is incredible, but you went with the communist utopia instead of the floating mountain??

  • EraseDiskNow
    EraseDiskNow3 dni temu

    I mean, you could always use those fictional things as videos for April Fool's Day.

  • Paul Anand
    Paul Anand3 dni temu

    You speak too fast. Speak slow and get people to actually see all your videos completely.

  • Lawrence Calablaster
    Lawrence Calablaster3 dni temu

    The real question is, in which of these hypothetical worlds do Marcel & Judith Kebakko live?

  • No-Feet McGee
    No-Feet McGee3 dni temu

    Let's double-layer this Turing test: can a human come up with Tom Scott video titles that sound like they were created by a (relatively advanced, like GPT-3) AI? Here's my attempt: "I Asked 45,268 People to Steal My Identity" "The Polish City That's Slowly Floating Away" "I Am Not a Toaster" "Isaac Newton's Secret Ant Farm" "Why I Can't Upload this Video" "Don't Shoot a Mountain with a BB Gun" "The Assassination of Jerry the Mailman: Debunked" Add your own!

  • jcxz
    jcxz3 dni temu

    "Nostalgia for a thing that never existed" That would be Historicism. And there are plenty of books and lectures about that very specific way of messing up your entire world view.

  • Fuzzy Images
    Fuzzy Images3 dni temu

    I kinda wish I could get an AI to write some scripts for me. I'm terrible at getting scripts out, and honestly think it would be humorously on theme for my channel...

  • Max Crawshaw
    Max Crawshaw3 dni temu

    My great great grandad was captain of the RRS discovery

  • Gabriele V.
    Gabriele V.3 dni temu


  • Gabriele V.
    Gabriele V.3 dni temu

    2:44 Tom, please, DON'T give Clarkson, Hammond and May these ideas, they might take them too seriously

    FalBΨFGRSΩ3 dni temu

    Kirby's Dream sounds like a good nintendo title- oh wait, Kirby's Dreamland, right.

  • Jeremy Hicks
    Jeremy Hicks3 dni temu

    Yikes that AI is scary good at writing.

  • PotatoKiin 712
    PotatoKiin 7123 dni temu

    you should make a new Matt and Tom video

  • Visiblur
    Visiblur3 dni temu

    You've got plenty of April's fool videos though

  • Hector Mugwump
    Hector Mugwump3 dni temu

    @7:08 Did Tom *finally* have good luck with traffic passing during filming??

  • Hector Mugwump

    Hector Mugwump

    3 dni temu

    I really want to believe it

  • Mark Reynolds
    Mark Reynolds4 dni temu

    Sounds like the Roald Dahl story: The Great Automatic Gammatisator.

  • Clamhead
    Clamhead4 dni temu

    anemoia means nostalgia for a thing you haven't/cannot experience

  • Erilobar
    Erilobar4 dni temu

    'The british road that is also a boat' ... sir, that is an aircraft carrier.

  • M4R1U2
    M4R1U24 dni temu

    I think ur Chanel is about usless, interessting and nerdy stuff just "ok now i know this But... What I have to Do with this Informationen."

  • jakelune
    jakelune5 dni temu

    anemoia - longing for or nostalgia for a place you have never been.

  • Merlyn Cooper
    Merlyn Cooper5 dni temu

    In Welsh the word you need for that feeling of nostalgia is "Hiraeth"

  • not here anymore
    not here anymore5 dni temu


  • Sacklippe O__O
    Sacklippe O__O5 dni temu

    Dont wanna be ruff but you seem to get kinda old

  • Josh Hickman
    Josh Hickman5 dni temu

    British road that is also a boat -- I mean, drive-on ferries (and, arguably, aircraft carriers). Maybe not as nonsensical as it seems.

  • Heidi Bird Music
    Heidi Bird Music6 dni temu

    Omg, it's adorable that you asked the AI using "please" at the start of your request. You are definitely one of the few people who are going to survive the techno-apocalypse because you showed the machines respect from the start. EDIT: and then this took a scary and sinister turn when you mentioned the possibility of AI generating customer reviews etc...

  • Tony Pang
    Tony Pang6 dni temu

    Don't know about AI, but PLclip's algorithm decided I might be interested in a video from someone called Tom Scott. A couple weeks later, and I've lost count how many videos I've now watched from his channel.

  • Sokar12345
    Sokar123456 dni temu

    ai like that combined with the advancements in deepfake technology will make for an interesting future where nothing is real and no one can be trusted.

  • HMC
    HMC7 dni temu

    Cliffs that have shore to the oceans are actually refusing to be cliffs they keep collapsing constantly

  • Kevin Snel
    Kevin Snel7 dni temu

    i wonder what'll happen if you'd give the bible to this AI and make it continue to write

  • Duy Khang
    Duy Khang7 dni temu

    5:25 Mandela effect

  • Myriads Feynman
    Myriads Feynman7 dni temu

    "The White Cube at the End of the World" omg I want to watch it! ...Or read it! ...Or listen to it! ...Or play it! Not sure what it may be so I'm not sure what verb I should put there, but I surely want to.

  • CalebOfKartin
    CalebOfKartin7 dni temu

    When cars pass,bit sounds like someone entering a nether portal

  • riloe
    riloe7 dni temu

    I very well might start making a youtube channel comprised solely of Tom Scott-esque videos in which all the information presented is completely made up. Is that immoral, or funny?

  • xproot
    xproot7 dni temu


  • Cherry Mosley
    Cherry Mosley7 dni temu

    Just subscribed

  • SmallWeinerSteve
    SmallWeinerSteve8 dni temu

    i would love to see Tom monologues an anime-uesqe video about the white cube at the end of the world omg

  • mystwork
    mystwork8 dni temu

    Tom Scott / Scarfolk Council crossover when!?

  • red apple one
    red apple one9 dni temu

    *the cliff that refuses to be a cliff*

  • Absolute Pineapple Studios
    Absolute Pineapple Studios9 dni temu

    *T’noight on Jeremy Clarkson’s Lottery of Death*

  • GPAngel
    GPAngel9 dni temu

    That script sounded so good you could just upload that and I'd believe you

  • Ajc 7575
    Ajc 75759 dni temu

    Only a Brit would ask an AI to do something using please

  • Ajc 7575
    Ajc 75759 dni temu

    Wait so does it take actual stuff from the web and style a title in a Tom Scott kinda way

  • Penguin Imp the Insane
    Penguin Imp the Insane9 dni temu

    So whatever *did* happen to be the video name it gave you hadn't put out at the time. Has it been since?

  • ZakFR


    7 dni temu

    The video has been uploaded, it's the one titled "Why No-One Will Save Covehithe, The Village That Will Soon Crumble Into The Sea", if you haven't found it yet

  • Mike ingrum
    Mike ingrum9 dni temu

    I would love some of those not real stories! You should make a second channel devoted to it.

  • TheCatGoesRawr
    TheCatGoesRawr9 dni temu

    Is it just me or does "rhe white cube at the end of the world" make anyone else think of the "Ice cube project"... I think that is what it is called... I think they were trying to find out more about Neutrinos? Likely not a video option. But really interesting and worth reading into in my opinion

  • Mambe
    Mambe10 dni temu

    The beach where you can hear the sea XD

  • Matt B
    Matt B10 dni temu

    Lofthouse is about 30 minutes away from a village which was fully submerged following the building of Thruscross Reservoir, so the AI got so very close to being right

  • Matheus Schaefer
    Matheus Schaefer10 dni temu

    Jeremy Clarkson's lottery of death is something I want to see (also, Clarkson must be a great source of material for AIs). And I'd love to read the script for British Moon landings as well, because why Britain should stop at Earth when could conquer the universe?

  • sophia s
    sophia s10 dni temu

    i feel like nostalgia for something you’ve never experienced is just... a wish??

  • Little Speck
    Little Speck10 dni temu

    There actually is a word for nostalgia for something that’s never existed! It’s anemoia

  • Brindle Style
    Brindle Style10 dni temu

    anything worth doing once is worth doing twice

  • Wensleydale
    Wensleydale10 dni temu

    I will give up my left lung to watch Jeremy Clarkson’s Lottery of Death

  • An Account That Exists For Reasons
    An Account That Exists For Reasons10 dni temu

    "The Dream of a Russian Utopia in East Yorkshire" Had be wheezing, lmao-

  • Marjohn's Musings
    Marjohn's Musings10 dni temu

    That was fun

  • Flynn Sloan
    Flynn Sloan10 dni temu

    Those untrue ones are almost all SCP ideas...

  • Alan Burns
    Alan Burns10 dni temu

    I need a fictional Tom Scott universe channel.

  • Deez Nuts
    Deez Nuts11 dni temu

    The cliff that refuses to be a cliff Huh I swear you just uploaded that video

  • Ciro García
    Ciro García11 dni temu

    Animated Tom Scott looks like Grian

  • floooooooooooooooood
    floooooooooooooooood11 dni temu

    I want to see the cliff that refuses to be a cliff.

  • Renan Andrade dos santos
    Renan Andrade dos santos11 dni temu


  • Lloyd Davies
    Lloyd Davies12 dni temu

    I’m from Aberfan, good shout not doing that one, very depressing

  • Lloyd Davies

    Lloyd Davies

    12 dni temu

    Also it’s funny you said you don’t think there’s a word for nostalgia for something that doesn’t exist, but actually in welsh there’s this word, ‘hiraeth’, which doesn’t translate, but sort of means a longing to go back to either wales, or a place/time that doesn’t exist!

  • starterpack7.3
    starterpack7.312 dni temu

    “The cliff that refuses to be a cliff” would be a great video explaining a geological terminology error made in 1963 that has never been corrected

  • Iron Fist Dragon
    Iron Fist Dragon12 dni temu

    the traffic on that road has perfect timing

  • SAU
    SAU12 dni temu

    Dude I love dungeon So stories and this reminds me of that.