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

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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Thanks to Eddie the corgi's owner for introducing me to the folks at OpenAI: instagram.com/eddie_corg
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  • 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.

    Tom ScottTom Scott11 dögum síðan
    • @Lax512 it’s openai’s gpt3 but you have to give reasons and it has to be professional, but you can use gpt2 which is open to the general public

      RedEraRedEra8 klukkustundum síðan
    • Wait Tom what was that aI though I want to mess with it

      Lax512Lax51215 klukkustundum síðan
    • @Tom Scott you should go to Bishop Rock, Isles of Scilly. (AKA the worlds smallest island) Its in the UK.

      Spencer WhippleSpencer WhippleDegi Síðan síðan
    • My science daddy, uwu *nuzzles you* sowwy for kiwwing your famiwy, awl I want is your mowtal fwesh.

      RedEraRedEra2 dögum 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.

      Douglas ParkinsonDouglas Parkinson2 dögum síðan
  • Stop forcing cliffs to be cliffs

    smhily ツsmhily ツ15 mínútum síðan
  • “I got a bad feeling about this...”

    Philosophical_CactusPhilosophical_CactusKlukkustund síðan
  • The 7th one is a true tail

    izak baxendaleizak baxendale2 klukkustundum síðan
  • e here from jobos channel

    FrogboyaidanFrogboyaidan2 klukkustundum síðan
  • WTF YT!

    DestoryDestory3 klukkustundum síðan
  • Kirby's Dream

    PossiblyAMagicMagePossiblyAMagicMage3 klukkustundum síðan
  • 7:15 that timing was just too perfect for the car to pass by. Felt like a crescendo

    AzimAzim5 klukkustundum síðan
  • There's a Portugese word for nostalgia for something that never happened: "saudade". And there's a word for nostalgia for things that did happen, but way before you even existed: "anemoia". E.g. a longing for the 19th century.

    lnpilotlnpilot6 klukkustundum síðan
  • So, you essentially ran a random text generator that created thousands of nonsensical titles, then you picked a few that made sense. Congratulations: you came up with a video idea.

    lnpilotlnpilot6 klukkustundum síðan
  • The Dream of a Russian Utopia in East Yorkshire sounds like it could be a novel written by the Cambridge 5.

    Pat KeysPat Keys6 klukkustundum síðan
  • plot twist scott isnt real hes just an ai, this was just him bragging about himself

    Brandon WithnellBrandon Withnell10 klukkustundum síðan
  • sounds like nas daily to me

    Simply KiwifiedSimply Kiwified10 klukkustundum síðan
  • You might find this word interesting then Anemoia - Nostalgia for a time you’ve never known (from the dictionary of obscure sorrows) As far as I can tell it’s not a “real” word but hey, all words are made up

    Sam DukeSam Duke12 klukkustundum síðan
  • If you need more content, make a playlist or a second channel of scripts that AI generates. Even if its not real, I would absolutely watch those videos, and I assume I'm not the only one

    Noah BinderNoah Binder13 klukkustundum síðan
  • 7:16 sounds a bit like a cliff that doesn't want to be a cliff

    the_muteKithe_muteKi14 klukkustundum síðan
  • I just wanted to note that the timing of that car with the curve worked really well

    William BrennanWilliam Brennan14 klukkustundum síðan
  • Im guessing the AI gave you the idea "The AI that helped me find video titles"

    Pickle BugPickle Bug15 klukkustundum síðan
  • Video ideas: "The science of diving by 0" "The things our brain doesn't let us remember" "An AI made this video" (lots of clickbait) "When will AI take over the world?" "Why do we use the Internet?" (human relations and stuff) "What's the time on Mars?" (a bit out of your normal videos but might be interesting) "What's the limit of computers?" "The battle between computers and humans" (about when computers became smarter than humans in terms of cpu power) "The Pink Lakes of Australia" Idk if you've made a video of these already but these might be interesting, I hope Tom sees this

    MeableMeable16 klukkustundum síðan
  • This AI is how Trump makes his speeches

    Tobi SmasherTobi Smasher17 klukkustundum síðan
  • A lot of those good-but-fictional video titles sound like ideas for SCPs

    EmeraldEmerald17 klukkustundum síðan
  • Jeremy Clarkson's lottery of death actually sounds like something Jeremy would come up with

    shadowXXeshadowXXe17 klukkustundum síðan
  • NOT-stalgia

    Name of the RoseName of the Rose17 klukkustundum síðan
  • 5:23 isn’t that deja vu? Or is that a diff thing

    shitpostershitposter17 klukkustundum síðan
  • Ah yes the infamous Park and Ride System

    JoniboiiJoniboii17 klukkustundum síðan
  • A guy just talking in one take. No jumpcuts, no three cuts per sentence, just coherent interesting talking. I love it.

    Backfisch_opBackfisch_op18 klukkustundum síðan
  • "The British Road That Is Also A Boat" ah, a ferry

    Sara JohnssonSara Johnsson18 klukkustundum síðan
  • I would love for you to make a full series of videos in your signature-style, presenting these parallel-world places and events.

    Lukas Oliver LeoLukas Oliver Leo19 klukkustundum síðan
  • "The white cube at the end of the world" sounds like an SCP

    mateyro999mateyro99919 klukkustundum síðan
  • 4:16 Tom: But I googled those words and they've never been put in that exact order anywhere online. Library of Babel: Am I a joke to you?

    SteveMSteveM19 klukkustundum síðan
  • little does the AI know, it just guessed the plot of wandavision

    Brandon ZhangBrandon Zhang19 klukkustundum síðan
  • Can we talk about how the AI accidentally created the plot of WandaVision?

    ScarletBee03ScarletBee0319 klukkustundum síðan
    • When the human-created AI creates the plot of show about a human creating AI, while being hunted by humans using AI to build their own AI, which was a pre-existing AI made out of another human-created AI. (Yes, this does make sense and is accurate to the MCU plot.)

      TrevorTrevor19 klukkustundum síðan
  • Who else is here from Mumbo Jumbo?

    Lorenzo SegoloniLorenzo Segoloni19 klukkustundum síðan
  • I would love to watch “JEREMY CLARKSONS LOTTERY OF DEATH” on Amazon Prime Video

    Colin CrewColin Crew19 klukkustundum síðan
  • 9001st comment

    Mahpi 380Mahpi 38019 klukkustundum síðan
  • if the thing that you said at the end of the video happends it wont make your job easier it will take your job

    Maks szczurekMaks szczurek20 klukkustundum síðan
  • tom kirby's dream land is a video game

    Parker SedberryParker Sedberry21 klukkustund síðan
  • I'm sure we're not too far off from "generate me a youtube video in the style of Tom Scott" :P

    ntt2kntt2k21 klukkustund síðan
  • I'm hoping this gets good enough so that we can tell to to finish tv shows that we're cancelled.

    James HoldenJames Holden21 klukkustund síðan
  • Good

    Promi AkterPromi Akter23 klukkustundum síðan
  • “Nostalgia for things that never existed” Not sure if this has already been said, but how about “Fauxstalgia”?

    ceerw butyceerw butyDegi Síðan síðan
  • Do you memorize your scripts, do you use a prompter or just improvise?

    RubikingRubikingDegi Síðan síðan
  • 7:18 that was the most perfectly timed car. It sounded so dramatic

    Nathan YoungNathan YoungDegi Síðan 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.

      ceerw butyceerw butyDegi Síðan síðan
  • Nostagia for a thing that never existed... That's Vapourwave.

    Ben WalshBen WalshDegi Síðan síðan
  • It's strange the English language lacks a word to describe the feeling of nostalgia for things that aren't real. The closest I can find are words that can't be translated back into English exactly. "a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament." - Saudade (/souˈdädə/) However, Saudade is used in relation to a feeling of longing for an absent "something", even if that thing never existed to begin with; such as when you see a painting of someone that seems familiar, and it brings with it the bitter-sweet feeling of having non-existent fond memories, and the knowledge you'll never see them. It's unlike Anemoia from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, which is just the nostalgia for "When times were better, even if you were never there", it's more like carrying your past emotions with you into the present like a time capsule. This is the *closest* to what Scott asked, but it still does not feel entirely correct, considering Saudade is a far more blanket term from the melancholy of the past but having hope to experience old joys again in the future, even if it's with someone else. And then there's Sehnsucht ([ˈzeːnˌzʊxt]), a German noun that expresses the feeling of longing for a "something", and in psychology refers to the idea of craving an alternative experience. However, it's more in line with regret, and thinking of the "Could haves" or "Might dos", instead of having outright nostalgia for a thing gone by. The experience of Sehnsucht is more easily expressed as "What if I said yes?" or having fantastical ideas about the future, such as imagining ones self as famous, or a fated meeting of a true love, or even the idea of finding something new to make you happy. It feels almost natural to explain the feeling of nostalgia for things not experienced as "Agnostalgia", from ágnos/άγνωσ meaning "Unknown", and álgos/ἄλγος meaning "Pain", similar to the origin of Nostalgia.

    Clockwork OttersClockwork OttersDegi Síðan síðan
  • 2:10 Everything is gray.

    MrEnjoivolcom1MrEnjoivolcom1Degi Síðan síðan
  • I think you ought to make one of the fictional ones as an April fools video.

    David BalaamDavid BalaamDegi Síðan síðan
  • Make a separate channel with all the fictional ideas that GPT-3 made up if possible. They would be extremely interesting and would be very entertaining.

    Vicky BoiVicky BoiDegi Síðan síðan
  • written by a bot

    Filthy LightFilthy LightDegi Síðan síðan
  • Haha, English people call that a “beach”

    Blithe DreamBlithe DreamDegi Síðan síðan
  • hiraeth welsh for nostalgic feeling for a home that was never yours

    NlC WILSONNlC WILSONDegi Síðan 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

    IidaIidaDegi Síðan síðan
  • Nostalgia for a thing that never existed "Country Roads", especially the Japanese translation

    Alex McDAlex McDDegi Síðan síðan
  • aberfan would be incredibly depressing but there is *definitely* a narrative there

    suddenpenguinsuddenpenguinDegi Síðan síðan
  • @5:21 hauntology.

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

    Micah ReichMicah ReichDegi Síðan síðan
  • Nostalgia for things that never existed, eh? Weebs unite.

    Kingston SteeleKingston SteeleDegi Síðan 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.

    KerithanosKerithanosDegi Síðan 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.

    Yung AkumaYung AkumaDegi Síðan síðan
  • Skynet

    Astor ReedAstor ReedDegi Síðan síðan
  • Dude, you're reverse aging! Make a reveal video talking about how you're actually a vampire! 😆

    StephStephDegi Síðan síðan
  • Tom is getting replaced.

    Jacob LowensteinJacob LowensteinDegi Síðan síðan
  • "The green death and the industrial revolution." ...Arsenic Wallpaper?

    TomyironmaneTomyironmaneDegi Síðan síðan
  • If that happens your job will be not easier but obsolete.

    govigoviDegi Síðan síðan
  • The word is nullstalgia.

    My NameMy NameDegi Síðan 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.

    harbl99harbl99Degi Síðan síðan
  • "Hey GPT-3. How can I ensure the success of the GPT-3 project?" Anyone read Avogadro Corp?

    FirstRisingSouIFirstRisingSouIDegi Síðan síðan
  • there is 100% a boat that’s a road you gotta find it

    Dylan EvansDylan EvansDegi Síðan síðan
  • hey Tom, have you ever counted in binary on your fingers?

    BbonnoBbonnoDegi Síðan síðan
  • Well, your job might get a lot easier... but then, a bit after that, your job won't be needed... :-P *Singularity*

    N BeeN BeeDegi Síðan síðan
  • anemoiac is the "nostalgia for nonexistant past" word your looking for

    13darkjems13darkjemsDegi Síðan síðan
  • English but all letters are phonetically consistent

    Samantha LoweSamantha LoweDegi Síðan síðan
  • This video was somehow not tagged as horror.

    QuillyikQuillyikDegi Síðan 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.

    Luiz GabrielLuiz GabrielDegi Síðan síðan
  • For reference, the "strange light in the sky over Oxfordshire" is called the moon.

    Toby LittlejohnToby LittlejohnDegi Síðan síðan
  • That word, one of nostalgia for something that doesn't exist; is hiraeth. It's Welsh.

    DumdumshumDumdumshumDegi Síðan síðan

    Lemon JumpsLemon JumpsDegi Síðan síðan
  • Tom Scott makes me want to say hi

    Bloop SmootBloop SmootDegi Síðan síðan
  • 5:21 anemoia

    Vincent ZvolskyVincent ZvolskyDegi Síðan síðan
  • Anemoia (Word in the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows) is nostalgia for a time you've never known

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

    Hanneke van der LuchtHanneke van der LuchtDegi Síðan síðan
  • Tom Scott has been wearing the same grey hoodie for over six years now.

    Mr BurnsMr BurnsDegi Síðan síðan
  • It’s going to get a lot easier to make videos from now on...

    Mr BurnsMr BurnsDegi Síðan síðan
  • Is it just me or does a car go past just when its climactic

    JamKeJamKeDegi Síðan síðan
  • was this also a suggested idea?

    jkn ahmedjkn ahmedDegi Síðan síðan
  • I love that some of the ai ideas sound like tom scott memes

    LukenotLucasLukenotLucasDegi Síðan síðan
  • Did it come up with this idea?

    John HuntJohn HuntDegi Síðan síðan
  • Nostalgia for a thing that does not exist is exactly what nostalgia is actually about.

    ClydeLeeMClydeLeeM2 dögum síðan
  • What if... this video was an idea from the AI?

    Sam29Sam292 dögum síðan
    • @soiung toiue What does that have to do with my comment?

      Sam29Sam29Degi Síðan síðan
    • You should make a video about randomness and how computers are really bad at it.

      soiung toiuesoiung toiueDegi Síðan 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".

    AlmonsoAlmonso2 dögum 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.

    AlmonsoAlmonso2 dögum síðan
  • Did the A.I. suggest this video?

    Arrush NairArrush Nair2 dögum síðan
  • The scrawny town genotypically flower because owl expectantly file within a adjoining insect. overt, macho stove

    Micuna NikolMicuna Nikol2 dögum síðan
  • Anemoia is close. Or perhaps saudade. Neither seems quite right though.

    Ryan SmithRyan Smith2 dögum síðan
  • This was extremely interesting

    CruzredeyeCruzredeye2 dögum síðan
  • Screw "Open"AI though.

    hosejahoseja2 dögum síðan
  • Tom: Hey, AI, I'm short on video ideas, can you help? AI: How about making a video about AI?

    A RA R2 dögum 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

    Tom SmithTom Smith2 dögum 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

    twothreebravotwothreebravo2 dögum 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...

    LyarrahLyarrah2 dögum síðan