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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  1. Tom Scott

    Tom Scott

    2 måneder siden

    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.

    • DonnaxNL


      22 timer siden

      Please update us, if the video with the title you were already working on released

    • Huzaifa Bukhari

      Huzaifa Bukhari

      9 dager siden

      I am from the future in May. Don't worry. You're still smashing it outta the park

    • Spencer Yascolt

      Spencer Yascolt

      12 dager siden

      @Tom Scott - The word you're looking for is Anemoia. It means nostalgia for a time you've never known. I would 100% consider parallel universes to be lumped into that because it is from a time we never knew xD

    • FFKonoko


      19 dager siden

      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

      22 dager siden

      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. Dokta Whawee

    Dokta Whawee

    2 timer siden

    5:27 The closest we have to "Nostolgia for a thing that doesn't exist/we haven't experienced" is the german word "Sehnsucht".

  3. Supermarine Spitfire

    Supermarine Spitfire

    3 timer siden

    Woah, british moon landing?

  4. Techn9cian123


    5 timer siden

    “The cliff that refuses to be a cliff” made me laugh out loud

  5. Spiffy _

    Spiffy _

    6 timer siden

    Curse you, Tom! You've now made me miss Citation Needed..

  6. Dec Fairlight

    Dec Fairlight

    Dag siden

    You could make a compelling video about green death in the industrial revolution being the vivid green arsenic lined wallpaper and other goods that were everywhere in Victorian times and how they didn't figure out that it was dangerous for decades because the only people getting sick were house wives who were at home indoors all day and victorian culture was highly sexist

  7. İrem Demir

    İrem Demir

    Dag siden

    can anyone explain what is 'Al' ? i am not fluent at English.

    • İrem Demir

      İrem Demir

      6 timer siden

      @Gabrielle Raines thank you sooo much

    • Gabrielle Raines

      Gabrielle Raines

      7 timer siden

      Artificial Intelligence

  8. Nexus Vanguard

    Nexus Vanguard

    2 dager siden

    I'm out of ideas, let's make a video or two about that

  9. fishbaitx


    2 dager siden

    how come they cant fuse multiple AI together into one meta-AI like fuse the script writer ai and pipe its output to say a fact checking ai which runs through and checks its history and basic factual-ness then annotates the results and sends it back with a list of issues found?

  10. Dr James Lilly pad

    Dr James Lilly pad

    2 dager siden

    Plot twist this was the AI’S idea

  11. Daniel Webster

    Daniel Webster

    2 dager siden

    Anemoia - nostalgia for a time you’ve never known

  12. William Smith

    William Smith

    3 dager siden

    The Post Office Underground Railway was genuinely a good suggestion. That would be quite interesting.

  13. threewing


    4 dager siden

    Nostalgia for things that never existed: Nerdstalgia.

  14. mr.couchpotato


    4 dager siden

    any one can do this using ai dungeon

  15. Bubble11


    5 dager siden

    "The white cube at the end of the world" Blender joined the chat

  16. Hapworth


    5 dager siden

    Plot twist Q is AI...

  17. milklord_


    5 dager siden

    do you have to know code the text generator? I wanna use it for fun

  18. The Tony

    The Tony

    6 dager siden

    I feel like a lot of those surreal suggestions would make for decent scps

  19. Rick Hobson

    Rick Hobson

    7 dager siden

    Nostalgia for a thing that never existed: Steampunk

  20. Green Boi

    Green Boi

    7 dager siden

    This was posted on my birthday :)

  21. Hyplasma


    7 dager siden

    This video idea was suggested by the AI.

  22. Hyplasma


    7 dager siden

    Video Idea: Make AI rate their own video ideas

  23. Quert Zuiopü

    Quert Zuiopü

    7 dager siden

    "The green death and the industrial revolution" is a good summary of the doctor who episode "The crimson horror". But only for colour blind people...

  24. Quert Zuiopü

    Quert Zuiopü

    7 dager siden

    "The british road that is also a road makes sense. I don't know if there are any more of them today, but there used to be many ponton bridges... Literally a road on boats.

  25. Rabbi Herschel Lieberman-Bergblattstein

    Rabbi Herschel Lieberman-Bergblattstein

    7 dager siden

    I love how the fact that AI, unfettered by human preconceptions, is "bigoted" is held up as a flaw of AI instead of a flaw of our latter-day social religion.

  26. SiisKolkytEuroo


    7 dager siden

    I hate OpenAI so much. They are dubbing themself as Open but they are exactly the opposite. We need someone to create LibreAI

  27. Justin Jc

    Justin Jc

    7 dager siden

    The AI knows about Parallel Universes

  28. George Banks

    George Banks

    7 dager siden

    Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death? More like AstraZeneca's Lottery of Death, amirite?

  29. TheQuark6789


    8 dager siden

    Tom manages to make a compelling video about his lack of ideas

  30. TheQuark6789


    8 dager siden

    "The cliff that refuses to be a cliff" I thought was the actual title of that video about a cliff slowly falling in.

  31. Cammer Michael

    Cammer Michael

    8 dager siden

    Your job won't get a lot easier; your job will be gone. Combined with CGI, the AI could make the whole video from start to finish without a person.

  32. Jazz Pasco

    Jazz Pasco

    9 dager siden

    5:21 “I don’t think there’s a word for nostalgia for something that doesn’t exist” That’s a wish.

  33. Emily Sewell

    Emily Sewell

    9 dager siden

    THe dream of a Russian utopia in East Yorkshire

  34. CC


    9 dager siden

    "As well as planting thousands of trees" (points to the hundred or so dead bushes behind him)

  35. some nonsense

    some nonsense

    10 dager siden

    There is the word fernweh, which means a longing for a place you've never been.

  36. Cazador


    11 dager siden

    5:24 have you heard about vaporwave yet?

  37. obloovoo


    11 dager siden

    in all seriousness i would watch jeremy clarkson's lottery of death

  38. EagerSleeper


    11 dager siden

    "a word for nostalgia for a thing that never existed" Vaporwave.

  39. GalaxyBiscuit


    11 dager siden

    I refuse to be a cliff

  40. Otávio Werson Yago

    Otávio Werson Yago

    12 dager siden

    Plot Twist: the sign says "please drive carefully" because the village actually gets invisible certain times of the year.

  41. PumpedUpBricks


    12 dager siden

    "The sanity defying crossroads on the Isle of Skye" This is fascinating - the Isle of Skye has had issues in recent year with public defecation. Genuine issues with tourists shitting out in the open.

  42. peach frappx

    peach frappx

    12 dager siden

    AI : gives video ideas Tom : *makes a video of the AI* AI : 👁👄👁

  43. Toby Parker

    Toby Parker

    13 dager siden

    "GPT-3 is the worlds most powerful Bigotry generator." Oh great, now I'm going to have AI calling me newly invented racial slurs like i've just entered the worlds most creative COD lobby.

  44. Eric Scheid

    Eric Scheid

    13 dager siden

    5:10 is that .. is that the village of Imber?!?

  45. Splash193


    13 dager siden

    you should make a video on one of these as an april fools prank

  46. Thewhitedove


    13 dager siden

    Plot twist : this very idea was created by an ai

  47. Zealot Draws

    Zealot Draws

    13 dager siden

    How about sudo-nostalgia

  48. Vayu Asura

    Vayu Asura

    13 dager siden


  49. Smug Cherry

    Smug Cherry

    14 dager siden

    5:20 anemoia

  50. Youtube-person0098


    14 dager siden

    2:10 but Tom if you're in Britain, Isn't that an ocean?

  51. Axewgamer 73

    Axewgamer 73

    14 dager siden

    These titles are weird but they are written so well, so catchy and so fascinatingly.

  52. David Wickline

    David Wickline

    14 dager siden

    Have you released the video the AI called you on yet?

  53. Dionyzus


    15 dager siden

    tom really did go to a beach only to say "i can hear the sea"

  54. emmoerm


    15 dager siden

    All the fictional titles sound like Doctor who plots

  55. emmoerm


    15 dager siden

    Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death, coming to Amazon Prime

  56. talkimages


    15 dager siden

    "the beach, where You can hear the Sea" :D:D ..but oh it could be a poem or an ecological documentary!

  57. Falconshadow


    15 dager siden

    Which one???? Which one of your actual video titles was generated by the AI???!

  58. Damon Czanik

    Damon Czanik

    15 dager siden

    Now crowdsource a thousand subscribers to see if they can come up with something better.

  59. TheWanderingMist


    16 dager siden

    Nostalgia for something that's never been...I think that's called "reading".

  60. Alex the picker

    Alex the picker

    16 dager siden

    Ok, combined with the deepfake ai video, tom should really be worried about his job

  61. Tom Dyer

    Tom Dyer

    17 dager siden

    Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death... I would watch EVERY episode of that.

  62. Wispermill


    17 dager siden

    Kirby's Dream... Land

  63. The Sneaky Reaper

    The Sneaky Reaper

    17 dager siden

    AL is very good at writing scripts!

  64. Soumi Mukherjee

    Soumi Mukherjee

    17 dager siden

    Imagine if GPT-3 was actually a person from a parallel universe, suggesting Tom some video ideas which were real in its universe...

  65. Bryan Lunt

    Bryan Lunt

    17 dager siden

    I want to see the post-office railway video...

  66. LokNWykLeer


    17 dager siden

    5:20 Fictalgia?

  67. HalfLucan


    18 dager siden

    All I’m saying is, this could be like interdimensional cable You should totally make a video about the white cube at the end of the world

  68. Róbert Balázs Lőrincz

    Róbert Balázs Lőrincz

    18 dager siden

    4:22 Half as Interesting has done that Wait wasn't there a 'Soviet Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire'?

  69. Florbengorben


    18 dager siden

    5:22 it's not perfect, but Anemoia might be the word you're looking for

  70. Lune_coc


    18 dager siden

    Conspiracy theories incoming

  71. juke caixa

    juke caixa

    18 dager siden

    the most surpring part of this video is the fact that britain never stepped on moon

  72. 1003Alfred


    18 dager siden

    Hiraeth is the word you're looking for that describes "Nostalgia of moments that never exist"

  73. Gempjef


    18 dager siden

    “I gave an AI acces to the internet and gave it s body”

  74. Jagjeet Singh

    Jagjeet Singh

    18 dager siden

    'The white cube at the end of the world' sounds like the title of an scp article

  75. Atrevete , hoy es el momento para comenzar

    Atrevete , hoy es el momento para comenzar

    18 dager siden

    Hola , soy estudiante de RRPP en Chile. Con mi equipo decidimos hablar de open Ai, excelente tu programa y como hablaste de ello. Creo que es una evolución , acerca de como ayudar en los textos y en ideas . Hay que saberlo usar como todas las cosas. Si usas un cuchillo , lo usas para cocinar o cortar los alimentos esta todo bien , pero si lo usas para fechorías estaría mal. Todo producto o artefactos que hace el ser humano tiene 2 caras de la moneda. Para que no se escape hay que colocar leyes y seguridad y saber quienes lo usan o lo usarán. Felicidades . Yo soy una estudiante de 54 años nunca es tarde para comenzar, comencé recién a usar las tecnologías y me hice un canal de youtube, está recién y voy paso tortuga porque debo aprender a usarlos, pero tengo actitud y me divierto haciéndolo. Recién supe que pertenecía a la generación X. Cualquier consejos de You tube, serán bien acogidos. Nos vemos y muchas felicidades.

  76. R G

    R G

    18 dager siden

    Soy estudiante de Relaciones publica primer año en Chile. Mi profesor nos pidió un trabajo de los adelantos tecnológicos y encontré tu programa y tu exposición, fue maravilloso. Mi equipo acepto hablar de este generador de texto de OPENAI. Espero que nos vaya bien , si puedes mantenme informada o si tienes más material me avisas. Gracias y felicidades por tu programa. Espero aprender inglés para no usar subtítulos. Saludos desde Viña del Mar. Chile

  77. Nils Augustson

    Nils Augustson

    19 dager siden

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

  78. Coy Raig

    Coy Raig

    19 dager siden

    "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

  79. CaptainBohnenbrot


    19 dager siden

    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.

  80. toster!


    19 dager siden

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

  81. DoorThief


    19 dager siden

    Including this title ;)

  82. Fr3nzi3d


    19 dager siden

    i wanna see the death lottery screw the others

  83. Thea C.

    Thea C.

    19 dager siden

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

  84. lity fity

    lity fity

    19 dager siden


  85. How to,s

    How to,s

    19 dager siden

    5:08 there is a city that disappeared

  86. L Edwards

    L Edwards

    19 dager siden

    "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.

  87. Matthew Schneider

    Matthew Schneider

    19 dager siden

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

  88. Kitty Craft0

    Kitty Craft0

    19 dager siden

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

  89. brennan hewitt

    brennan hewitt

    19 dager siden

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

  90. big oof

    big oof

    19 dager siden

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

  91. big bruh

    big bruh

    20 dager siden


  92. toast


    20 dager siden

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

  93. multiple spiders

    multiple spiders

    20 dager siden

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

  94. Clarence Innes

    Clarence Innes

    20 dager siden


  95. David Tabner

    David Tabner

    21 dag siden

    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?

  96. Talitha Jane White

    Talitha Jane White

    21 dag siden

    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...

  97. Cptn. Viridian

    Cptn. Viridian

    21 dag siden

    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

  98. H Arz

    H Arz

    21 dag siden

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

  99. Hriday


    21 dag siden

    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.

  100. Laura


    21 dag siden

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