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

    14 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.

    • J K

      J K

      2 dögum síðan

      please make a series out of these funny titles, like a compilation (highest heat etc) because its so funny

    • Space


      2 dögum síðan

      How can I work with you?

    • Captain Caption

      Captain Caption

      2 dögum síðan

      Tom Scott is amazing!

    • doviid


      2 dögum síðan

      Here is a good idea for you: How many bytes of information can you store on an A4 paper?

    • AndgaChannel


      2 dögum síðan

      it's ok we love you

  2. Stuart C

    Stuart C

    43 sekúndum síðan

    That is totally amazing. How long before you can just say to a box “tell me a story about x and x” and it makes up a novel or a play or a feature film on the spot.

  3. Jacob Allen

    Jacob Allen

    49 mínútum síðan

    ‘The Green Death And The Industrial Revolution’ That’s the long name for the Green Hell that is the Nurburgring Nordschleife

  4. thebiglight bulb

    thebiglight bulb

    Klukkustund síðan

    A cliff might refuse to be a cliff. But can you still throw two drums and a cymbal of it?

  5. insidetrip101


    Klukkustund síðan

    I don't quite understand what would be so dangerous about "human sounding political arguments"? People make political arguments all the time, its up to the people listening to decide their validity/soundness. Why does it matter if the argument comes from a person or from computer code?

  6. Moon Moon

    Moon Moon

    Klukkustund síðan

    "The cliff that refuses to be a cliff" - A battle with sea erosion with a some company realising the erosion is inevitable and somehow incorporating it into their building or site?

  7. Stephen Adams

    Stephen Adams

    Klukkustund síðan

    There's a alternative reality where people believe the British Moon landing was faked

  8. Sparrowged


    2 klukkustundum síðan

    Cool AI....

  9. O. M.

    O. M.

    2 klukkustundum síðan

    _"I don't think there's a word in the English language for "nostalgia for a thing that never existed""_ Tory?

  10. ValeryVal


    2 klukkustundum síðan

    I'm an easy person: if I hear "Doctor Who", I have to hit the like button

  11. PsiVolt


    2 klukkustundum síðan

    Kirby's Dreamland a Russian utopia confirmed?

  12. TowndefenderYT


    3 klukkustundum síðan


  13. Justicar L

    Justicar L

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    You should absolutely make a series of videos on topics that aren't real. Would make an awesome watch/podcast because those are amazing.

  14. Bob Sanders

    Bob Sanders

    6 klukkustundum síðan

    simulacrum can be used to mean what you want.

  15. NotKarma


    6 klukkustundum síðan

    Its time now for an AI curated chanel, where one AI thinks of titles, another makes plot, third draws illustrations, fourth voices it, fifth video edit it, and sixth speak with people in comments saying its tottaly not a group of AIs making videos. XD

  16. Arkajit Maity

    Arkajit Maity

    7 klukkustundum síðan

    Oh no Morpheus, the Matrix has arrived. Neo shall come to save us

  17. Abdalrahim Abdullah

    Abdalrahim Abdullah

    9 klukkustundum síðan

    I think the word you are looking for is Anemoia: a nostalgia for a time you've never known. Courtesy of John Koenig.

  18. JRturtle


    9 klukkustundum síðan

    Gpt-3's script was entirely "real" sounding until Tom said "kirby's dream"

  19. Nathally Stocchero

    Nathally Stocchero

    9 klukkustundum síðan

    "be a cliff" cliff: yOU CANT MAKE ME DO ANYTHING

  20. orbik


    10 klukkustundum síðan

    "My job will get a lot easier" means "I will no longer have a job".

  21. bigglyguy


    11 klukkustundum síðan

    "My job gets a lot easier" - or redundant.

  22. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni

    14 klukkustundum síðan

    Such an awesome video!

  23. Dr Dumb

    Dr Dumb

    17 klukkustundum síðan

    1:18 that sounds like a nether portal

  24. James Foo

    James Foo

    18 klukkustundum síðan

    138,000 upvotes to 512 down - I think that's the best ratio I've ever seen by a long way. Congrats. Generally for popular videos it's usually about 10% downvotes to up.

    • Ailsa Ni

      Ailsa Ni

      14 klukkustundum síðan

      This is amazing

  25. tya04


    18 klukkustundum síðan

    What defines Tom Scott? The cars whizzing by noisily as people go to work or the store brings back a certain nostalgia, an interrupting backdrop to the presentation of trivia that is interesting only because of who is explaining it. However, at its root, the essence of Tom Scott is a humble and yet unapologetic reminder that, no matter how much knowledge, wealth, or power you may acquire, there is no person in this world who is more full of joy than the ignorant child who ponders the mysteries of the worms and bugs under a mossy log.

  26. David Liu

    David Liu

    19 klukkustundum síðan

    Animated Tom Scott looks like Grian

  27. Lexin


    21 klukkustund síðan

    7:56 got me good. You've got a stellar sense of humor.

  28. Otakundead OU

    Otakundead OU

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    Why didn’t you let it write a script for „The beach where you can hear the sea“? That would have been more funny.

  29. P


    Degi Síðan síðan

    "Nostalgia for a past which never existed." There's no real word for it. But _The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows_ does offer vocabulary like "vellichor" and "anemoia".

  30. SqueakSquawk4


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Just to say, the Dr Who was Red death, not green.

  31. Mirjan Bouma

    Mirjan Bouma

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I want to hear about the Aberfan disaster...

  32. Mirjan Bouma

    Mirjan Bouma

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I'm late as balls and probably someone already said it, but "the green death and the industrial Revolution" sounds like it's about the rise and fall of Arsenic based compounds and their use in Victorian EVERYTHING, not just the infamous Scheme's green. Which sounds like exactly the type of thing you could make a great video out of.

  33. Aniseed


    Degi Síðan síðan


  34. gestucv olonor

    gestucv olonor

    Degi Síðan síðan

    the road that is also a boat, its not that impossible, green death industrial revolution is valid

  35. Luke CMB

    Luke CMB

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Do the mail train RIGHT NOWW!!

  36. Looniper


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Only slightly on topic, am I the only one who can't wait for the response by the pro-Socialism/pro-Communism movement when AI describes what they're asking for along the lines of "people who would rather be allowed to be lazy and still have an income?" The Skreeeeeeee will be brain shattering.

  37. techop2010


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Now I want to know about the mail railway!

  38. Dec


    Degi Síðan síðan

    @2:28 you could make a valid video about aresnic poisoning in victorian times about this, how all sorts of products had it in them but since the only people in the houses enough to really show the poisoning were women it took years for doctors to figure it out since they thought it was hysteria.

  39. Tehc


    Degi Síðan síðan

    @Tom Scott Xnopyt *noun* Definition: nostalgia for something that doesn't exist

  40. tennie


    Degi Síðan síðan

    everybody gangsta till they find a cliff that refuses to be a cliff.

  41. Dizer Done

    Dizer Done

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I Wonder if there’s any interesting stories about Middlesbrough

  42. LNER 4489

    LNER 4489

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I feel like you could do a video on abervan and it be interesting

  43. Twski


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Just after watching the video, I thought of searching on how to use GPT-3. So I clicked the ISboths's search bar, and started typing: "how" The second suggestion was exactly what I was going to type - "how to use gpt 3".

  44. QuantumTap


    Degi Síðan síðan

    you shouldve released a fictional video and not told anyone for 1 week

  45. Aaron Lucas

    Aaron Lucas

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I enjoy that MumboJumbo has watched this and used it to make his own video

  46. tobuslieven


    Degi Síðan síðan

    7:24 If you placed a truth constraint on anything, the whole universe would grind to a halt.

  47. Michael Withington-Walsh

    Michael Withington-Walsh

    Degi Síðan síðan

    "Kirby's Dream" probably came from the title's of various Kirby games such as "Kirby's Dream Land", "Kirby's Dream Course", "Kirby's Dream Collection" and "Kirby's Return to Dream Land".

  48. The Seed 219!

    The Seed 219!

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I clicked only for the Union Jack on the moon.

  49. Anthony Gray

    Anthony Gray

    Degi Síðan síðan

    The word you're looking for is Anemoia. I dont think it's actually in any dictionary but it's generally accepted that it means "Nostalgia for a time you've never known" The song Midnight City by M83 really gives me these vibes and makes me really understand the meaning of that word.

  50. menderelcapBIG


    Degi Síðan síðan


  51. D&MCG Gaming

    D&MCG Gaming

    Degi Síðan síðan

    You should use the ones that were not real could be used on April fools

  52. Tulle Rönnmyr

    Tulle Rönnmyr

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Maybe revisit Avebury and some of your earlier videos?

  53. Moon


    Degi Síðan síðan

    And this is why i believe that 90% of conspiracy-theory comments on youtube are some chinese/russian AI designed to destabalize the western nations. Well believe... Or maybe its more like a soothing thought :O

  54. NestedParenthetical


    2 dögum síðan

    Nostalgia for a thing that never existed, sounds like the William Gibson short story "The Gernsback Continuum"

  55. Electros Industries

    Electros Industries

    2 dögum síðan

    If anyone wants to try out GPT-3 for themselves you can try AI Dungeon. You can get access to the ‘Griffin’ model for free (limited to 100 actions a day or overcharged to 2000 actions) or pay for the superior ‘Dragon’ model. In the explore section someone has even made a scenario to make up Tom Scott video titles!

  56. SteRDLK


    2 dögum síðan

    Wigan Pier in the West Midlands???

  57. Aquarius


    2 dögum síðan

    do an episode on why the uk is literally just a shitload of farms

  58. Anonymous4045


    2 dögum síðan

    Came here from mumbo jumbo

  59. Matthew Flanagan

    Matthew Flanagan

    2 dögum síðan

    I really want to watch Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of death

  60. Lemmymaster,Bas


    2 dögum síðan

    Why is Grian on the moon

  61. TGAM123


    2 dögum síðan

    The cliff that refuses to be a cliff could be really interesting :D

  62. Forgoten Null

    Forgoten Null

    2 dögum síðan

    "I don't think there's an English word for 'nostalgia for a thing that never existed'" I've got two "My life"

  63. Drops2cents


    2 dögum síðan

    4:12 "How the CIA plotted to kill Castro with explosive C-shells: the strange story of the leader of the Cuban revolution becoming an avid UNIX hacker." :-)

  64. Kirito Dos

    Kirito Dos

    2 dögum síðan

    imagine the Ai asked you to make a video about asking AI for videos ideas , META AF

  65. DudeOnTheInternet


    2 dögum síðan

    What if we had a seperate series where it just consisted of fictional stories? I know someone else suggested this already, but we need this to happen

  66. Light House

    Light House

    2 dögum síðan

    Wow, I 100% see Rick and Morty writers using that AI.

  67. God


    2 dögum síðan

    Sad, there's nothing "open" about "open"AI

  68. crobtv


    2 dögum síðan

    5:04 "the strange light that floats over oxforshire" thats just the moon

  69. Connor Oud

    Connor Oud

    2 dögum síðan

    The Green Death and the Industrial Revolution does sound like a Doctor Who story, it'd likely be a two-parter.

  70. HoodieSticks


    2 dögum síðan

    7:09 Car passes by with perfect timing

  71. timothyp873


    2 dögum síðan

    The White Cube at The End of the World sounds like a novel by Ursula K. Leguin.

  72. MrLunithy


    2 dögum síðan

    Google stadia anyone .... in a nutshell machine learning>>>!

  73. Armadeus


    2 dögum síðan

    "specific and very limited ways" is this a jab at something political tom? ;)

  74. Takito Loko

    Takito Loko

    2 dögum síðan

    7:47 "my job will get a lot easier" bud I think your job will get automated rather

  75. Cody Nemo

    Cody Nemo

    2 dögum síðan

    I wanna know about Wiga Pier, the RRS Discovery, the Aberfan disaster, the New River, and the post office railway. I hope you actually reconsider and try harder to find a narrative hook.

  76. Cody Nemo

    Cody Nemo

    2 dögum síðan

    Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death is something i'd subscribe to Amazon Prime for.

  77. 윱윱


    2 dögum síðan

    What if one of the ideas it gave you for a video was were you talk about ideas that you can’t do in real life cause they’re fictional so you get an animator’s help to show what you wanna show..

  78. Mahkus


    2 dögum síðan

    Ai is going to either destroy or advance the world in less than 10 years

  79. Derp Kid

    Derp Kid

    2 dögum síðan

    The white cube at the edge of the world sounds like an scp

  80. Barbecue Shoes

    Barbecue Shoes

    2 dögum síðan

    Wigan is in the North West, not West Midlands. A simple google search would have corrected this.

  81. Spaceexplorer


    2 dögum síðan

    "the strange light that floats over oxfordshire" the moon: am i a joke to you?

  82. JustSomeCringyKid


    2 dögum síðan

    4:49 the ai really reinvented street fighter x tekken

  83. Donald Rivers

    Donald Rivers

    2 dögum síðan

    The road that is also a boat: I-90 floating bridge in Seattle.

  84. Mr !!?

    Mr !!?

    2 dögum síðan

    Tom be soundin' like Mumbo Jumbo bout to give a Slime Block Tutorial

  85. Ikethepro18


    2 dögum síðan

    Now it can do my homework!

  86. DJgregBrown


    2 dögum síðan

    The strange light the flow over Oxfordshire could be a work as once a Balloon shaped like a TV style UFO flow over north Oxfordshire and many reported it to fox FM at the time. One of those things I partially remember of FOX FM before they sold out they had good trusty local news but we all now media is now brought and not local on Heart FM which now own them.

  87. Omar Smith

    Omar Smith

    2 dögum síðan

    Should have started the whole video with the script GPT-3 ran for you, Tom!

  88. Lookaz stan

    Lookaz stan

    2 dögum síðan

    one of the suggestions were to make a video about the suggestions... AIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII lmaoooooo

  89. FFwachten


    2 dögum síðan

    KIRBY"S DREAMland was a popular nintendo game (serie).

  90. Tymoteusz Olechowski

    Tymoteusz Olechowski

    2 dögum síðan

    1:03 I'm dying at the bottom one 💀

  91. Kiieeraan


    2 dögum síðan

    Wigan is not in the west midlands. how insulting.

  92. Suburban Media

    Suburban Media

    2 dögum síðan

    That car going past at speed at 7:13 ... Couldn't have been netter timed honestly.

  93. FuzzzWuzzz


    2 dögum síðan

    It's a bit disappointing that Kirby's Dreamland in reality is just a muggy patch of English countryside.

  94. Jude Bedessem

    Jude Bedessem

    3 dögum síðan

    7:14 That car in the background had excellent timing. Right on cue

  95. sehhi vooty

    sehhi vooty

    3 dögum síðan

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

  96. Spencer Reisner

    Spencer Reisner

    3 dögum síðan

    Was the episode you hadn't released yet at the time "Why Progress Bars Don't Move Smoothly"

    • sehhi vooty

      sehhi vooty

      3 dögum síðan

      I just wanted to note that the timing of that car with the curve worked really well

  97. smhily ツ

    smhily ツ

    3 dögum síðan

    Stop forcing cliffs to be cliffs

  98. Philosophical_Cactus


    3 dögum síðan

    “I got a bad feeling about this...”

  99. izak baxendale

    izak baxendale

    3 dögum síðan

    The 7th one is a true tail

  100. Frogboyaidan


    3 dögum síðan

    e here from jobos channel