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

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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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  1. Tom Scott
    Tom Scott
    преди месец

    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.

    1. A J
      A J
      преди 2 дни

      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.

    2. TheCatGoesRawr
      преди 8 дни

      Best of luck

    3. Allen DeWitt
      Allen DeWitt
      преди 14 дни

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

    4. thornofnight
      преди 18 дни

      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.

    5. Articulated
      преди 19 дни

      Hey Tom, there's a town in South Devon called Decoy. There is a local legend that it was built specifically to convince the Luftwaffe to drop bombs on them instead of Plymouth. I was always skeptical, but could be worth a look!

  2. Mr Bruh
    Mr Bruh
    преди 2 часа


  3. toast
    преди 2 часа

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

  4. multiple spiders
    multiple spiders
    преди 17 часа

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

  5. Clarence Innes
    Clarence Innes
    преди 17 часа


  6. David Tabner
    David Tabner
    преди ден

    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?

  7. Talitha Jane White
    Talitha Jane White
    преди ден

    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...

  8. Cptn. Viridian
    Cptn. Viridian
    преди ден

    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

  9. H Arz
    H Arz
    преди ден

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

  10. Hriday
    преди ден

    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.

  11. Laura
    преди ден

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

  12. Alex Parry
    Alex Parry
    преди ден

    surely a landslide is a cliff refusing to be a cliff

  13. miketreehouse
    преди ден

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

  14. Poppi
    преди ден

    Would like a video about those post railways!

  15. Mathew Stormblessed
    Mathew Stormblessed
    преди ден

    These are all doctor who episode ideas

  16. Hexmonkey 2020
    Hexmonkey 2020
    преди ден

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

  17. Westley Blakeslee
    Westley Blakeslee
    преди ден

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

  18. Waggsmith YTP
    Waggsmith YTP
    преди ден

    Kirby’s Dream Land!

  19. Egelik22
    преди ден

    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.

  20. White Wizard
    White Wizard
    преди ден

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

  21. Super Pandas
    Super Pandas
    преди ден

    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.

  22. Rin Callinen
    Rin Callinen
    преди ден

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

  23. Trey Bolick
    Trey Bolick
    преди 2 дни

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

  24. EraseDiskNow
    преди 2 дни

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

  25. Paul Anand
    Paul Anand
    преди 2 дни

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

  26. Lawrence Calablaster
    Lawrence Calablaster
    преди 2 дни

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

  27. No-Feet McGee
    No-Feet McGee
    преди 2 дни

    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!

  28. jcxz
    преди 2 дни

    "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.

  29. Fuzzy Images
    Fuzzy Images
    преди 2 дни

    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...

  30. Max Crawshaw
    Max Crawshaw
    преди 2 дни

    My great great grandad was captain of the RRS discovery

  31. Gabriele V.
    Gabriele V.
    преди 2 дни


  32. Gabriele V.
    Gabriele V.
    преди 2 дни

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

  33. FalBΨFGRSΩ
    преди 2 дни

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

  34. Jeremy Hicks
    Jeremy Hicks
    преди 2 дни

    Yikes that AI is scary good at writing.

  35. PotatoKiin 712
    PotatoKiin 712
    преди 2 дни

    you should make a new Matt and Tom video

  36. Visiblur
    преди 2 дни

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

  37. Hector Mugwump
    Hector Mugwump
    преди 2 дни

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

    1. Hector Mugwump
      Hector Mugwump
      преди 2 дни

      I really want to believe it

  38. Mark Reynolds
    Mark Reynolds
    преди 3 дни

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

  39. Clamhead
    преди 3 дни

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

  40. Erilobar
    преди 3 дни

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

  41. M4R1U2
    преди 3 дни

    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."

  42. jakelune
    преди 4 дни

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

  43. Merlyn Cooper
    Merlyn Cooper
    преди 4 дни

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

  44. not here anymore
    not here anymore
    преди 4 дни


  45. Sacklippe O__O
    Sacklippe O__O
    преди 4 дни

    Dont wanna be ruff but you seem to get kinda old

  46. Josh Hickman
    Josh Hickman
    преди 4 дни

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

  47. Heidi Bird Music
    Heidi Bird Music
    преди 5 дни

    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...

  48. Tony Pang
    Tony Pang
    преди 5 дни

    Don't know about AI, but BGglobal'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.

  49. Sokar12345
    преди 5 дни

    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.

  50. HMC
    преди 6 дни

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

  51. Kevin Snel
    Kevin Snel
    преди 6 дни

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

  52. Duy Khang
    Duy Khang
    преди 6 дни

    5:25 Mandela effect

  53. Myriads Feynman
    Myriads Feynman
    преди 6 дни

    "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.

  54. CalebOfKartin
    преди 6 дни

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

  55. riloe
    преди 6 дни

    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?

  56. xproot
    преди 6 дни


  57. Cherry Mosley
    Cherry Mosley
    преди 6 дни

    Just subscribed

  58. SmallWeinerSteve
    преди 6 дни

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

  59. mystwork
    преди 7 дни

    Tom Scott / Scarfolk Council crossover when!?

  60. red apple one
    red apple one
    преди 8 дни

    *the cliff that refuses to be a cliff*

  61. Absolute Pineapple Studios
    Absolute Pineapple Studios
    преди 8 дни

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

  62. GPAngel
    преди 8 дни

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

  63. Ajc 7575
    Ajc 7575
    преди 8 дни

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

  64. Ajc 7575
    Ajc 7575
    преди 8 дни

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

  65. Penguin Imp the Insane
    Penguin Imp the Insane
    преди 8 дни

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

    1. ZakFR
      преди 6 дни

      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

  66. Mike ingrum
    Mike ingrum
    преди 8 дни

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

  67. TheCatGoesRawr
    преди 8 дни

    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

  68. Mambe
    преди 9 дни

    The beach where you can hear the sea XD

  69. Matt B
    Matt B
    преди 9 дни

    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

  70. Matheus Schaefer
    Matheus Schaefer
    преди 9 дни

    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?

  71. sophia s
    sophia s
    преди 9 дни

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

  72. Little Speck
    Little Speck
    преди 9 дни

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

  73. Brindle Style
    Brindle Style
    преди 9 дни

    anything worth doing once is worth doing twice

  74. Wensleydale
    преди 9 дни

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

  75. An Account That Exists For Reasons
    An Account That Exists For Reasons
    преди 9 дни

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

  76. Marjohn's Musings
    Marjohn's Musings
    преди 9 дни

    That was fun

  77. Flynn Sloan
    Flynn Sloan
    преди 9 дни

    Those untrue ones are almost all SCP ideas...

  78. Alan Burns
    Alan Burns
    преди 9 дни

    I need a fictional Tom Scott universe channel.

  79. Deez Nuts
    Deez Nuts
    преди 9 дни

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

  80. Ciro García
    Ciro García
    преди 10 дни

    Animated Tom Scott looks like Grian

  81. floooooooooooooooood
    преди 10 дни

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

  82. Renan Andrade dos santos
    Renan Andrade dos santos
    преди 10 дни


  83. Lloyd Davies
    Lloyd Davies
    преди 11 дни

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

    1. Lloyd Davies
      Lloyd Davies
      преди 11 дни

      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!

  84. starterpack7.3
    преди 11 дни

    “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

  85. Iron Fist Dragon
    Iron Fist Dragon
    преди 11 дни

    the traffic on that road has perfect timing

  86. SAU
    преди 11 дни

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

  87. Adam Navigato
    Adam Navigato
    преди 11 дни

    I wish you had hit the “write script” button on Jeremy Clarkson’s Lottery of Death

  88. Blue Loft Beast
    Blue Loft Beast
    преди 11 дни

    i heard the failed bomb plot pigeon and choked on my water

  89. Water Sheep
    Water Sheep
    преди 11 дни

    I demand to see the cliff that refuses to be a cliff

  90. DaBeast34
    преди 12 дни

    Cool drawings

  91. Ru Ok
    Ru Ok
    преди 12 дни

    now give the AI the title "faeces"

  92. TVK - TheVeganKnight
    TVK - TheVeganKnight
    преди 12 дни


  93. Boglenight
    преди 12 дни

    “The cliff that refuses to be a cliff” There are so many great reinforced cliffs out there. If a cliff needs to be reinforced multiple times it could be said that it’s refusing to be a cliff.

  94. Nathan Adler
    Nathan Adler
    преди 12 дни

    the face in the thumbnail tho

  95. Bandito Donburrito
    Bandito Donburrito
    преди 13 дни

    Whats the deal with green, Green Death and Green in the batman smells vid

  96. Johanthan Romero
    Johanthan Romero
    преди 13 дни

    5:22 Thats just called the Mandela Effect

  97. 🎢 ZarStocher
    🎢 ZarStocher
    преди 13 дни

    "The white cube at the end of the world" broke me xDDD

  98. Veggieoskibroski
    преди 13 дни

    Just a RANDOM question: If an AI built something, who does it belong to? The creator of the AI, or the person who placed in the details that the content the AI generates is based off of?

  99. kayf
    преди 14 дни

    Plot Twist: The AI came up with this title and the script.

  100. Javier Fito
    Javier Fito
    преди 14 дни

    AI Title generator: "I asked an AI for video ideas, and they were actually good" Tom: What? AI Title generator: What?