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 Scott7 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.

  2. Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!

    Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!3 klukkustundum síðan

    @TheMiningTeam "The point of GPT-3 is that it creates whole new sentences based on what it has seen before." YES EXACTLY! You do understand it is working off what it has access to? ITS NOT CREATING ANYTHOMNG FROM SCRATCH! Its copying everything it creates from other sentences. Combining words and phrases from other sentences and phrases. Since it doesnt know how to do it! it makes silly suggestions and impossible ones. This is why ARTIFICAL intelligence fails, it requires (REAL) INTELLEGNCE to do the things they try to get ARTIFICAL intelligence to do! You just cant code that!

  3. TheMiningTeam

    TheMiningTeam3 klukkustundum síðan

    @Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE! Not anymore. The point of GPT-3 is that it creates whole new sentences *based* on what it has seen before.

  4. Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!

    Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!3 klukkustundum síðan

    ARTIFICAL Intelligence just searches your sentences and compares to similar sentences then tries to combine them, thats why its so bad!

  5. Ant D

    Ant D12 klukkustundum síðan

    Tom, one suggestion: redo your old videos with the current level of production quality

  6. Drodon

    Drodon15 klukkustundum síðan

    What if flying sheep monkeys?

  7. Carl Hartwell

    Carl Hartwell2 klukkustundum síðan

    At the end there, I thought you were going to say _...when that happens, my job will get a bit harder..._ After all, you'll have much more competition.

  8. taped wall

    taped wall3 klukkustundum síðan

    I hate how this could be editors used to smear you name and credible it’s as a reporter and as long as the voice was loud and the ring anuff it would make people hate your and you followers anyways despight that it’s a great video I love your work

  9. jimbobbyrnes

    jimbobbyrnes4 klukkustundum síðan

    well there is always the option of starting a second channel for coding/mathematics teaching. i feel like if you did videos like Ben Eater about whatever sciences that interest you it would probably take off.

  10. Raina Ramsay

    Raina Ramsay4 klukkustundum síðan

    "They would be wonderful to make, but I can't, because they're not true", says the guy who's already done a video about the AI virus that deleted a century, and the day Google stopped checking passwords

  11. Yuuup

    Yuuup4 klukkustundum síðan


  12. James Postlethwaite

    James Postlethwaite4 klukkustundum síðan

    What about the bird statues of cumbria that start at maryport roman museum they are mostly in perfect condition and left by romans

  13. matrixphijr

    matrixphijr4 klukkustundum síðan

    2:10 - Shots fired

  14. TravisFabel

    TravisFabel5 klukkustundum síðan

    I want to know more about this tiny underground railway for mail

  15. Em Kav

    Em Kav5 klukkustundum síðan

    This video just randomly started playing in the background of my phone.

  16. Renzo Torr

    Renzo Torr5 klukkustundum síðan

    damn gpt-3 really referenced Kirby's Dream Land

  17. Miles Saxton

    Miles Saxton6 klukkustundum síðan

    I like the idea of the AI creating scripting an alternate world history, it would be a decent series if you’re up to it. You can probably call it ‘Up to earth history’ or something.

  18. Zan (VB2P360)

    Zan (VB2P360)6 klukkustundum síðan

    Anemoia and Fernweh are some words that would fit for "nostalgia for a place that doesn't exist".

  19. random videos

    random videos6 klukkustundum síðan

    Id honestly love to watch these videos! 2:19

  20. Robert Willoughby

    Robert Willoughby6 klukkustundum síðan

    You could perhaps do something on Theosophy..... Seeing as that was Helena Von Hahn that became Helena Blavatsky. Theosophy has influenced the saner of the fringe religions (and a few nutty ones, BTW!) and a look at Theosophy and it's offshoots in the UK would be interesting.

  21. Space Cadet

    Space Cadet7 klukkustundum síðan

    I want to see a video about the cliff that refuses to be a cliff, please.

  22. Henry

    Henry7 klukkustundum síðan

    To be fair if you say "the CIA tried to kill Castro with X" there's a fairly strong chance your right.

  23. R Fry

    R Fry8 klukkustundum síðan

    Green Death and the Industrial revolution would actually be a fascinating video, for those interested in mortuary science and the environment. Maybe not a Tom Scott video, but an interesting topic nonetheless.

  24. MBRenegade

    MBRenegade8 klukkustundum síðan

    I would love to see a fun series of just fictional stuff the AI comes up with, script included!

  25. SHOGUNv07

    SHOGUNv078 klukkustundum síðan

    Wigan is not in the West Midlands. Or at least it hasn't been for the last 30 years I've been here.

  26. Adoa

    Adoa8 klukkustundum síðan

    Plot twist; Tom Scott is the AI

  27. Alvin Johnsen

    Alvin Johnsen8 klukkustundum síðan

    5:24 Anemoia. Look it up

  28. DarkDrai

    DarkDrai8 klukkustundum síðan

    4:51 ...I like how you heard "Sanity-defying" and went with "sanitation-defying".

  29. João Mrtins

    João Mrtins9 klukkustundum síðan

    7:15 that car was perfectly synchronized.

  30. Joel Nyström

    Joel Nyström9 klukkustundum síðan

    Nostalgia for a thing that never existed = fantasy fiction

  31. bean_eater

    bean_eater9 klukkustundum síðan

    I can't stop thinking about Jeremy Clarkson gathering hundreds of people and executing them if they lost the lottery

  32. Fouxjin

    Fouxjin9 klukkustundum síðan

    All this video did was terrify me.

  33. Remco Spijker

    Remco Spijker10 klukkustundum síðan

    Glad to hear Lofthouse is safe! All jokes aside, lovely video and a very intriguing view into AI that I had no idea made these kinds of strides. I do hope you'll let us know what video it predicted once you actually release it!

  34. AndrehS86

    AndrehS8610 klukkustundum síðan

    Tom: I'm out of ideas Also Tom: good idea

  35. -AAA-

    -AAA-11 klukkustundum síðan

    5:04 You should actually go there at night for April Fools and just talk about the moon like it's a novelty to that place alone.

  36. JunafaniFIN

    JunafaniFIN11 klukkustundum síðan

    Planes land on water? Could also be Barra airport in Scotland. :D Well, it is beach but it is underwater on high tide.

  37. Adrien Plazas

    Adrien Plazas11 klukkustundum síðan

    Kirby's Dream. 🐽💨🍎🌳

  38. МиШа

    МиШа11 klukkustundum síðan

    the best thing here is how the hell AI knows it's not fictional, for him everything can be true, for example, the matrix can be a real world for it same as real-world. I am not sure someone will understand, I am not that good English speaker to translate my mind fully

  39. Just Me

    Just Me12 klukkustundum síðan

    Wigan Pier, West Midlands???? Lancashire

  40. 高橋有希

    高橋有希12 klukkustundum síðan

    This video is a proof that the AI is aware of itself

  41. Allinavi

    Allinavi13 klukkustundum síðan

    Is this a real comment? Or just OpenAI's GPT-3 at it again?

  42. Hege Valle

    Hege Valle13 klukkustundum síðan

    I got such a kick out of you double checking on Lofthouse 🤣

  43. Matthew Sparkes

    Matthew Sparkes13 klukkustundum síðan

    Also, I was walking in the Lofthouse last week so I'm glad you checked it hasn't vanished off the face of the earth 😂

  44. Matthew Sparkes

    Matthew Sparkes13 klukkustundum síðan

    😂😂😂 I loved this hahahaha the Russian utopia was great

  45. hitchhiker42

    hitchhiker4213 klukkustundum síðan

    If Jeremy Clarkson’s Lottery of Death involves exploding seashells, I am totally signing up for Amazon Prime.

  46. Garnknopf

    Garnknopf14 klukkustundum síðan

    please make a video like this and dont tell us until a few days later

  47. Angelo

    Angelo14 klukkustundum síðan

    The Onion: *Write that down!*

  48. Clive Mitchell

    Clive Mitchell14 klukkustundum síðan

    Prospero satellite?

  49. Zombiemermaid101

    Zombiemermaid10114 klukkustundum síðan

    NGL I kinda want to make a "welcome to nightvale" esque video about things that never were

  50. didibeck

    didibeck14 klukkustundum síðan

    you should make a video of all the dull video ideas you passed off

  51. weakpig

    weakpig14 klukkustundum síðan

    In the future, I hope AI is advanced enough to self-generate a film or TV series that's completely based on the inputs of a human. example, I could feed it the original script of Alien (which differs from the movie) and it would make a movie out of it (and we wouldn't know the difference) Another example is "what if" series. Like Hulk vs superman, and it would make an actual movie of it.

  52. Carl Yelland

    Carl Yelland15 klukkustundum síðan

    Time for a holiday then

  53. Tyler Evans

    Tyler Evans15 klukkustundum síðan

    Plot twist : The Al gave the idea for this vedio

  54. Gekkibi

    Gekkibi15 klukkustundum síðan

    6:43 Farmland IS a Russian utopia, Scott...

  55. NadiaPlaysGames

    NadiaPlaysGames15 klukkustundum síðan

    What I'm thinking this could do is a never-ending choose your own adventure book think of that it generates chapter of story then you say what you do next

  56. Bill Stickers

    Bill Stickers15 klukkustundum síðan

    I see Tom Scott had to check if Wanda made Lofthouse disappear

  57. adonis parts

    adonis parts15 klukkustundum síðan

    All jokes aside imagine getting into an argument online and not knowing it's an AI

  58. Drodon

    Drodon15 klukkustundum síðan

    Jeremy Clarckson’s lottery of death BRUH I CANT WAIT!

  59. Drodon

    Drodon15 klukkustundum síðan

    What if HEAR ME OUT flying sheeep monkeys?

  60. Special Agent Squeaky's Cozy Gaming Corner

    Special Agent Squeaky's Cozy Gaming Corner15 klukkustundum síðan

    How do we even know Tom Scott is even real anymore? O___o

  61. Sheryl Nome

    Sheryl Nome16 klukkustundum síðan

    The post office railway sounds interesting enough tho

  62. A. Tee

    A. Tee16 klukkustundum síðan

    4:09, "I've been. There.". Is Tom an AI robot?? While we're at it, F in Welsh is like an English V, so it was "Abervan" that had a disaster. I hope this smidgeon of knowledge doesn't make him too powerful.

  63. Michael Pagan

    Michael Pagan16 klukkustundum síðan

    Wigan in the west Midlands......OK

  64. Simon Booth

    Simon Booth16 klukkustundum síðan

    have you made anything on GPS?

  65. Calvino

    Calvino16 klukkustundum síðan

    Ironic, that your ideas for videos also follow a sigmoid curve

  66. Jason Last

    Jason Last18 klukkustundum síðan

    Imagine if you fed it Harry Potter

  67. Fardin Fahim

    Fardin Fahim18 klukkustundum síðan

    >I don't think there's a word for nostalgia that never existed The word you are looking for is Hauntology

  68. Ben Barrett

    Ben Barrett18 klukkustundum síðan

    You can kind of tell it’s written by a bot.

  69. Lucas

    Lucas18 klukkustundum síðan

    This could be amazing for generating Roleplaying Games

  70. K R

    K R19 klukkustundum síðan

    Tom running out of ideas feels so... descriptive(?) for this time period. Nice job anyawys

  71. alaskaxx

    alaskaxx19 klukkustundum síðan

    There actually is a Russian old believers’ utopia. It’s just in South America, not East Yorkshire. Google it.

  72. Waseem Iqbal

    Waseem Iqbal19 klukkustundum síðan

    😅 I agree, it's really difficult to put your life at risk by travelling in a driver-less vehicle. But ofcourse; you have to get there...where you have to be ... just take your time... no pressure.

  73. RAMBO

    RAMBO19 klukkustundum síðan

    plot twist: we are in a parallel universe but Tom Scott is just a secret agent that tries to silence us

  74. firefox5926

    firefox592620 klukkustundum síðan

    7:27 more like that but repeated over and over to form a stair case .. and the height of each of them and the width of each of them can be diffrent

  75. Mia Jære

    Mia Jære20 klukkustundum síðan

    Your job'll get easier... Or you and a lot of other people will lose it😶

  76. Adam sturgeon

    Adam sturgeon20 klukkustundum síðan

    I think I’ve probably have an idea for nostalgia for a world that doesn’t exist Called “Notstalgia” “Nullstalgia”

  77. Sean Fitzpatrick

    Sean Fitzpatrick20 klukkustundum síðan

    As a human resident of Holderness (definitely not any sort of AI), I approve this video.

  78. Etu Suku

    Etu Suku20 klukkustundum síðan

    Nice touch with the car passing during the sigmoidal curve swing.

  79. lentils

    lentils20 klukkustundum síðan

    Brilliant Tom.

  80. filmgekko

    filmgekko21 klukkustund síðan

    I would love to see what The Technical Difficulties could come up with in a Zoom/online format.

  81. Hayden Maines

    Hayden Maines21 klukkustund síðan

    4:57 actually I think if you go back and watch the 1970s Doctor Who episodes featuring the Third Doctor you'll find several Mars missions were already underway, so it's likely that moon landings also occurred, which were both secret and long forgotten.

  82. Ryan Roberts

    Ryan Roberts22 klukkustundum síðan

    Wait...are you saying some things on the internet aren't true?!

  83. TheMiningTeam

    TheMiningTeam22 klukkustundum síðan

    I wish GPT-3 could be more open without it being used for evil.

  84. BradTheBreadstick

    BradTheBreadstick22 klukkustundum síðan

    you're obsolete now tom

  85. Jerl

    Jerl22 klukkustundum síðan

    "The Cliff That Refuses To Be A Cliff" sounds like a thing that might actually be a thing and would probably be an interesting video. You should find it and make a video about it.

  86. Coffee Succubus

    Coffee Succubus22 klukkustundum síðan

    Then just take them, and go on another channel

  87. Maxwell Berkowitz

    Maxwell Berkowitz22 klukkustundum síðan

    I don't have nostalgia for stuff that never existed very often, but I have nostalgia for what human civilization could be very often

  88. NekoWerewolf

    NekoWerewolf23 klukkustundum síðan

    I love you tom. No hetero.

  89. CircsC

    CircsCDegi Síðan síðan

    Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death will be a gameshow co-hosted by Tom and Jeremy.

  90. Hunter Morgan

    Hunter MorganDegi Síðan síðan

    We went from Cleverbot to this.

  91. Hunter Morgan

    Hunter MorganDegi Síðan síðan

    If humans generated articles can be enough to fool the general public, imagine the misinformation that could come from AI. Couple that with the rising trend of automation by large businesses, and just imagine the chaos. The advent of AI is not in an of itself a bad thing. One could say that automation has been an aspect of human civilization for centuries. Just like the advent of the internet, the future only depends on how our governments react to new, unprecedented, and powerful technology.

  92. Jaguar Playz

    Jaguar PlayzDegi Síðan síðan

    "The cliff that refuses to be a cliff" So, a cliff that over time has been turning into a mountain through natural land manipulation?

  93. PãüLèÿ Mùthønî

    PãüLèÿ MùthønîDegi Síðan síðan

    lets hope matt coelbo takes this where tom cant go 😂

  94. Ace Canacan

    Ace CanacanDegi Síðan síðan

    I'd love when you ask GPT-3 what you should make a video about and it would just say, "ME!"

  95. Samuel Forsyth

    Samuel ForsythDegi Síðan síðan

    talk to clever bot..

  96. Мікалас Кaрыбутоў

    Мікалас КaрыбутоўDegi Síðan síðan

    Most of those fictional scenarios sound like SCP objects.

  97. soinu foig

    soinu foigDegi Síðan síðan

    "The Airport That Lands Planes On Water." Wendover Productions has entered the chat.

  98. Crunchy

    CrunchyDegi Síðan síðan

    If you dont have any video ideas just upload a video about not having any video ideas!

  99. Brycen Bradley

    Brycen BradleyDegi Síðan síðan

    Anemoia (noun): Nostalgia for a time you've never known. Imagine stepping through the frame into a sepia-tinted haze, where you could sit on the side of the road and watch the locals passing by.

  100. soinu foig

    soinu foigDegi Síðan síðan

    Ahh yes, Kirby's Dream (land).

  101. Michael Munson

    Michael MunsonDegi Síðan síðan

    I want to watch Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death so bad! May the odds ever be in your favor!

  102. Pyrite

    PyriteDegi Síðan síðan


  103. Loutre Sauvage

    Loutre SauvageDegi Síðan síðan

    The british boat that is also a road: The dover ferry literally

  104. Jack P

    Jack PDegi Síðan síðan

    Why does "the cliff that refuses to be a cliff" sound weirdly like a Tom Scott video title?

  105. mysteryshrimp

    mysteryshrimpDegi Síðan síðan

    The Green Death and the Industrial Revolution roughly describes The Doctor Who episode The Mark of the Rani.

  106. Salutations YT!

    Salutations YT!Degi Síðan síðan

    I hope whenever you release the video that the AI wrote the title for you credit the AI