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

Birt 22 feb 2021
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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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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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Tom Scott
  • Tom Scott

    Tom Scott

    10 dögum síðan

    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.

    • Spencer Whipple

      Spencer Whipple

      11 klukkustundum síðan

      @Tom Scott you should go to Bishop Rock, Isles of Scilly. (AKA the worlds smallest island) Its in the UK.

    • RedEra


      21 klukkustund síðan

      My science daddy, uwu *nuzzles you* sowwy for kiwwing your famiwy, awl I want is your mowtal fwesh.

    • Douglas Parkinson

      Douglas Parkinson

      Degi Síðan síðan

      i know theres probably a million comments that say this. theres a mistake in the thumbnail. theres still an american flag on the spacesuit.

    • Beanbot Productions

      Beanbot Productions

      2 dögum síðan

      @Doctor Mari-who Scom Tott

    • M8 N8

      M8 N8

      3 dögum síðan

      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..

  • Filthy Light

    Filthy Light

    Klukkustund síðan

    written by a bot

  • Blithe Dream

    Blithe Dream

    3 klukkustundum síðan

    Haha, English people call that a “beach”



    4 klukkustundum síðan

    welsh for nostalgic feeling for a home that was never yours

  • Iida


    4 klukkustundum síðan

    There is this cliff that looks like an elephant. I think he's the closest we get to cliff that doesn't want to be a cliff

  • Alex McD

    Alex McD

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    Nostalgia for a thing that never existed
    "Country Roads", especially the Japanese translation

  • suddenpenguin


    4 klukkustundum síðan

    aberfan would be incredibly depressing but there is *definitely* a narrative there

  • Alex Trebek

    Alex Trebek

    5 klukkustundum síðan

    @5:21 hauntology.

  • Micah Reich

    Micah Reich

    5 klukkustundum síðan

    I like the comparison to a sigmoid curve (an activation function that’s also commonly used in neural networks like GPT-3)

  • Kingston Steele

    Kingston Steele

    5 klukkustundum síðan

    Nostalgia for things that never existed, eh? Weebs unite.

  • Kerithanos


    6 klukkustundum síðan

    Why do your videos have to be about things that are true? I'd watch a "secret history of the British moon landing" video. Heck, I'd watch a full length documentary.

  • Yung Akuma

    Yung Akuma

    6 klukkustundum síðan

    I imagine if anything, the word we could use for nostalgia of an alternative reality could be “alternis ovilis” which would roughly translate from Latin to “alternative nostalgia” I guess that’s more of a phrase than a word.

  • Astor Reed

    Astor Reed

    7 klukkustundum síðan


  • Steph


    7 klukkustundum síðan

    Dude, you're reverse aging! Make a reveal video talking about how you're actually a vampire! 😆

  • Jacob Lowenstein

    Jacob Lowenstein

    8 klukkustundum síðan

    Tom is getting replaced.

  • Tomyironmane


    8 klukkustundum síðan

    "The green death and the industrial revolution." ...Arsenic Wallpaper?

  • govi


    9 klukkustundum síðan

    If that happens your job will be not easier but obsolete.

  • My Name

    My Name

    9 klukkustundum síðan

    The word is nullstalgia.

  • harbl99


    9 klukkustundum síðan

    "The British road that is also a boat"
    There are streets named after Hood and Anson in Hastings. You think they'd be named after the admirals, but two of the neighbouring streets are Norfolk and Sussex. Turns out they're all named for battleships named after the admirals. Huh.
    Not boats, but sailors:
    there's a town in Canada (Ajax, Ontario) that names its streets after men who served on three WW1 ships. There was a big hoo-hah over it in 2020 when the name Hans Langsdorff (captain of the Graf Spee) somehow came up in the database.

  • FirstRisingSouI


    10 klukkustundum síðan

    "Hey GPT-3. How can I ensure the success of the GPT-3 project?"
    Anyone read Avogadro Corp?

  • Dylan Evans

    Dylan Evans

    10 klukkustundum síðan

    there is 100% a boat that’s a road you gotta find it

  • Bbonno


    11 klukkustundum síðan

    hey Tom, have you ever counted in binary on your fingers?

  • N Bee

    N Bee

    11 klukkustundum síðan

    Well, your job might get a lot easier... but then, a bit after that, your job won't be needed... :-P

  • 13darkjems


    12 klukkustundum síðan

    anemoiac is the "nostalgia for nonexistant past" word your looking for

  • Samantha Lowe

    Samantha Lowe

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    English but all letters are phonetically consistent

  • Quillyik


    13 klukkustundum síðan

    This video was somehow not tagged as horror.

  • Luiz Gabriel

    Luiz Gabriel

    13 klukkustundum síðan

    It's cool how you can raise the "temperature" of the "how predictable" to make "good" interesting video titles that would get more clicks than "the beach where you can hear the sea", but if it is too high, it's actually not real and relatable enough to makes us want to watch it, and as you said, you needed to get the right measure, like a recipe to make a clickable title.
    -Who would like to watch Jeremy Clarkson's in a russian roulette?-
    This shows us that we are strange creatures, searching for knowledge yet afraid of the unreal and unknown.

  • Toby littlejohn

    Toby littlejohn

    13 klukkustundum síðan

    For reference, the "strange light in the sky over Oxfordshire" is called the moon.

  • Dumdumshum


    13 klukkustundum síðan

    That word, one of nostalgia for something that doesn't exist; is hiraeth. It's Welsh.

  • Lemon Jumps

    Lemon Jumps

    15 klukkustundum síðan


  • Bloop Smoot

    Bloop Smoot

    16 klukkustundum síðan

    Tom Scott makes me want to say hi

  • Vincent Zvolsky

    Vincent Zvolsky

    16 klukkustundum síðan

    5:21 anemoia



    16 klukkustundum síðan

    Anemoia (Word in the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows) is nostalgia for a time you've never known

  • Hanneke van der Lucht

    Hanneke van der Lucht

    16 klukkustundum síðan

    I would love to watch one on the royal mail railway!

  • Mr Burns

    Mr Burns

    16 klukkustundum síðan

    Tom Scott has been wearing the same grey hoodie for over six years now.

  • Mr Burns

    Mr Burns

    16 klukkustundum síðan

    It’s going to get a lot easier to make videos from now on...

  • JamKe


    16 klukkustundum síðan

    Is it just me or does a car go past just when its climactic

  • jkn ahmed

    jkn ahmed

    17 klukkustundum síðan

    was this also a suggested idea?

  • LukenotLucas


    17 klukkustundum síðan

    I love that some of the ai ideas sound like tom scott memes

  • John Hunt

    John Hunt

    18 klukkustundum síðan

    Did it come up with this idea?

  • soiung toiue

    soiung toiue

    19 klukkustundum síðan

    “Nostalgia for things that never existed” Not sure if this has already been said, but how about “Fauxstalgia”?

  • ClydeLeeM


    20 klukkustundum síðan

    Nostalgia for a thing that does not exist is exactly what nostalgia is actually about.

  • Sam29


    20 klukkustundum síðan

    What if... this video was an idea from the AI?

    • Sam29


      19 klukkustundum síðan

      @soiung toiue What does that have to do with my comment?

    • soiung toiue

      soiung toiue

      19 klukkustundum síðan

      You should make a video about randomness and how computers are really bad at it.

  • Almonso


    21 klukkustund síðan

    I can't find a word for "nostalgia for a thing that never existed" in english, but there is one in german: it's "Sehnsucht".

  • Almonso


    21 klukkustund síðan

    All of your videos are about very concrete things in society and history that everyone either already knows or can quickly understand. They all give a neutral explanation of those things, which either directly or implicitly links them to things that other people wouldn't think to link them to, giving us a slightly deeper understanding of what we think we already know.
    Your dystopian reality videos and presentations from years ago, like the one about facebook's password authentication disappearing, are some of the most realistic and believable dystopian concepts that I've seen for that very reason. You can explore ideas while still feeling completely grounded in the physical world.

  • Epic Music

    Epic Music

    22 klukkustundum síðan

    Did the A.I. suggest this video?

  • Micuna Nikol

    Micuna Nikol

    22 klukkustundum síðan

    The scrawny town genotypically flower because owl expectantly file within a adjoining insect. overt, macho stove

  • Ryan Smith

    Ryan Smith

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Anemoia is close. Or perhaps saudade. Neither seems quite right though.

  • Cruzredeye


    Degi Síðan síðan

    This was extremely interesting

  • hoseja


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Screw "Open"AI though.

  • A R

    A R

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Tom: Hey, AI, I'm short on video ideas, can you help?
    AI: How about making a video about AI?

  • Tom Smith

    Tom Smith

    Degi Síðan síðan

    "Wigan Pier is a derelict industrial site in the West Midlands". WEST!!!!???......MIDLANDS!!!!!?????? Wigan is very much in the north and I have never been so insulted before

  • twothreebravo


    Degi Síðan síðan

    I think what you could do next time you bring in some guest presenters while you take some time off is to revisit the fictional AI created ideas and hand them off to creative/humorous types as a challenge to see who can create these fantastical things

  • Lyarrah


    Degi Síðan síðan

    ok but did the UK have *any* space program? cuz that'd be one I'd like to hear, I know so little about other countries' space programs besides the US and China...

  • Nnif Boots47

    Nnif Boots47

    Degi Síðan síðan

    That an ai can give you good ideas that says something about your standards (and yes I get that im still watching it so I guess I can't say much)

  • Abstraxxt


    Degi Síðan síðan

    7:15 good timed car

  • pantsOptional


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Perhaps the word you’re look my for is Anemoia. Not sure that’s spelled right but in the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows this defined as nostalgia for a time you weren’t a part of.

  • Joshua Gilpatrick

    Joshua Gilpatrick

    Degi Síðan síðan

    You should make a video about randomness and how computers are really bad at it.

  • M&M


    Degi Síðan síðan

    4:48 potential SCP stories?

  • Magnus


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Funfact: This whole video is actually the AI generated script and the prompt was "Please create a script for a video about me being out of ideas for a video and asking AI to help me come up with ideas titled "I asked an AI for video ideas, and they were actually good"".

  • Henry N. White

    Henry N. White

    Degi Síðan síðan

    The car around 7:30 was perfect

  • A_Hipposhark


    Degi Síðan síðan


  • AMRose


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Only Tom Scott can make a lack of content some of the best content on this site

  • CHAOSberg


    Degi Síðan síðan

    6:00 you can lie. This is all TRUE. I saw it on YouTube, and the host seemed quite legit.



    Degi Síðan síðan

    You misunderstood... they're predictions

  • Leprechaun Jackson

    Leprechaun Jackson

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Jeremy Clarkson needs to watch this video and make the “lottery of death” happen 🤣

  • Forgotten Snake Ball

    Forgotten Snake Ball

    Degi Síðan síðan

    The art style for the plausible thumbnails is just fantastic, I love it, it manages to be right in the middle between "too complex" and "too simple", the colors were chosen really well and they just feel full, I just find them really appealing, anyone else?

  • HazenMire


    Degi Síðan síðan

    I'm surprised by how many of those fictional stories sound like an SCP entry.

  • Mark


    Degi Síðan síðan

    "never before written sentences" - dubious

  • HrHaakon


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Boattrains sound like a (rail)road that is also a boat.

  • ActualZyra


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Damn I kinda want the white cube video now

  • Prakhar Chawla

    Prakhar Chawla

    Degi Síðan síðan

    What if these are true and AI got them correct through patterns, just the whole internet where we keep the records lost it ...as not everything has been digitised.

  • video99.co.uk


    Degi Síðan síðan

    This must have been around since at least 2016 to generate all the one-liners about how brilliant Brexit would be. All gibberish of course, but they sounded plausible enough.

  • Bob Leonheart

    Bob Leonheart

    Degi Síðan síðan

    There are paralel universes out there where each of these titles would be true.
    And did you ever think that "The cliff that refuses to be a cliff" might not be about the formation but about the name Cliff.

  • fanch__


    Degi Síðan síðan

    this guys channel still never fails to amaze me lmfao

  • meerpowa


    Degi Síðan síðan

    OH an SCP generator :P

  • George Perakis

    George Perakis

    Degi Síðan síðan

    An invisible village, huh?
    Oblivion, anyone?

  • Yeetmeats


    Degi Síðan síðan

    the car at 7:12 is amazing

  • Hængtst


    Degi Síðan síðan

    BTW: there is a Russian utopia in Potsdam, Germany. It‘s name is Alexandrovka.

  • Hængtst


    Degi Síðan síðan


  • chrisgriff901


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Could potentially be a boring one but it seems like your style (not that you're boring! It's just you cover weird little stories like this). What about the lack of BT in Hull (only place without BT lines in mainland Britain as far as I know). Just seems like a little oddity that's arose due to Britain being weird about things again.

  • Wired_Lain


    Degi Síðan síðan

    2:42 The British adaptation of "Battle Royale"

  • yetyman34


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Have you done a video on the sub sonic sound based phone systems used in stadiums to make synchronised patterns during sports games?

  • musAKulture


    Degi Síðan síðan

    just for the record...nobody knows the real location of red cliff, or if it's a cliff at all.

    • musAKulture


      Degi Síðan síðan

      know what, i might just do a video on it.

  • Brian Kim

    Brian Kim

    Degi Síðan síðan

    That emotion is yearning, LGBTQ+ community uses to talk about people, places, times, and aesthetics they want but know they can't have.

  • Sondre Grøneng

    Sondre Grøneng

    Degi Síðan síðan

    The Fidel Castro CIA seashell thing sounds like it would belong in an HAI video.

  • Espeon Evolve

    Espeon Evolve

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Please, drive carefully
    You might hit the few buildings that forgot to become visible

  • Canal Guy

    Canal Guy

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Did it get the idea for "Kirby's Dream" from Kirby's Dreamland?

  • Luiantval


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Wait, when did Wigan Pier relocate to the West Midlands?

  • Dyanpanda


    Degi Síðan síðan

    I would watch an Unreal Stories series from you

  • Liam Stuckey

    Liam Stuckey

    Degi Síðan síðan

    The cliff that refuses to be a cliff: A story of Europe's fastest eroding coast line, the Holderness coast

  • Peter Silk

    Peter Silk

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Tom! The Woolwich foot tumble anomaly! Crazy story!

  • Lewis Clark

    Lewis Clark

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Honestly I would probably still watch "The Beach Where You Can Hear the Sea"

  • Lu


    Degi Síðan síðan

    I should submit these to Netflix.

  • Cleeb E

    Cleeb E

    2 dögum síðan

    Kirby's dream comes from a Nintendo game "Kirby's Dream Land"

  • Benibom


    2 dögum síðan

    The Cliff That Refuses To Be A Cliff made the water i was drinking come out of my nose thanks alot

  • JusFoNo


    2 dögum síðan

    4:49 is indeed real. That's the default Blender cube escaping deletion.

  • kim phi

    kim phi

    2 dögum síðan

    The abusive mountain lily follow because cauliflower uncommonly decorate up a hesitant archeology. malicious, overwrought pond

  • Imani Stewart

    Imani Stewart

    2 dögum síðan

    "Preemptive nostalgia of the possible but doubtful"

  • Porkchop Sandwiches

    Porkchop Sandwiches

    2 dögum síðan

    "The beach where you can hear the sea"