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

    Acum 7 Zile

    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.

    • Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!

      Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!

      Acum 3 ore

      @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!

    • TheMiningTeam


      Acum 3 ore

      @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.

    • Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!

      Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!

      Acum 3 ore

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

    • Ant D

      Ant D

      Acum 11 ore

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

    • Drodon


      Acum 15 ore

      What if flying sheep monkeys?

  2. Carl Hartwell

    Carl Hartwell

    Acum 2 ore

    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.

  3. taped wall

    taped wall

    Acum 3 ore

    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

  4. jimbobbyrnes


    Acum 3 ore

    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.

  5. Raina Ramsay

    Raina Ramsay

    Acum 3 ore

    "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

  6. Yuuup


    Acum 3 ore


  7. James Postlethwaite

    James Postlethwaite

    Acum 3 ore

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

  8. matrixphijr


    Acum 4 ore

    2:10 - Shots fired

  9. TravisFabel


    Acum 4 ore

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

  10. Em Kav

    Em Kav

    Acum 5 ore

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

  11. Renzo Torr

    Renzo Torr

    Acum 5 ore

    damn gpt-3 really referenced Kirby's Dream Land

  12. Miles Saxton

    Miles Saxton

    Acum 5 ore

    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.

  13. Zan (VB2P360)

    Zan (VB2P360)

    Acum 5 ore

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

  14. random videos

    random videos

    Acum 5 ore

    Id honestly love to watch these videos! 2:19

  15. Robert Willoughby

    Robert Willoughby

    Acum 6 ore

    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.

  16. Space Cadet

    Space Cadet

    Acum 6 ore

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

  17. Henry


    Acum 7 ore

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

  18. R Fry

    R Fry

    Acum 7 ore

    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.

  19. MBRenegade


    Acum 8 ore

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

  20. SHOGUNv07


    Acum 8 ore

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

  21. Adoa


    Acum 8 ore

    Plot twist; Tom Scott is the AI

  22. Alvin Johnsen

    Alvin Johnsen

    Acum 8 ore

    5:24 Anemoia. Look it up

  23. DarkDrai


    Acum 8 ore

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

  24. João Mrtins

    João Mrtins

    Acum 8 ore

    7:15 that car was perfectly synchronized.

  25. Joel Nyström

    Joel Nyström

    Acum 8 ore

    Nostalgia for a thing that never existed = fantasy fiction

  26. bean_eater


    Acum 9 ore

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

  27. Fouxjin


    Acum 9 ore

    All this video did was terrify me.

  28. Remco Spijker

    Remco Spijker

    Acum 9 ore

    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!

  29. AndrehS86


    Acum 10 ore

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

  30. -AAA-


    Acum 10 ore

    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.

  31. JunafaniFIN


    Acum 10 ore

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

  32. Adrien Plazas

    Adrien Plazas

    Acum 10 ore

    Kirby's Dream. 🐽💨🍎🌳

  33. МиШа


    Acum 11 ore

    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

  34. Just Me

    Just Me

    Acum 11 ore

    Wigan Pier, West Midlands???? Lancashire

  35. 高橋有希


    Acum 12 ore

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

  36. Allinavi


    Acum 13 ore

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

  37. Hege Valle

    Hege Valle

    Acum 13 ore

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

  38. Matthew Sparkes

    Matthew Sparkes

    Acum 13 ore

    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 😂

  39. Matthew Sparkes

    Matthew Sparkes

    Acum 13 ore

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

  40. hitchhiker42


    Acum 13 ore

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

  41. Garnknopf


    Acum 13 ore

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

  42. Angelo


    Acum 13 ore

    The Onion: *Write that down!*

  43. Clive Mitchell

    Clive Mitchell

    Acum 13 ore

    Prospero satellite?

  44. Zombiemermaid101


    Acum 13 ore

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

  45. didibeck


    Acum 14 ore

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

  46. weakpig


    Acum 14 ore

    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.

  47. Carl Yelland

    Carl Yelland

    Acum 14 ore

    Time for a holiday then

  48. Tyler Evans

    Tyler Evans

    Acum 14 ore

    Plot twist : The Al gave the idea for this vedio

  49. Gekkibi


    Acum 14 ore

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

  50. NadiaPlaysGames


    Acum 14 ore

    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

  51. Bill Stickers

    Bill Stickers

    Acum 15 ore

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

  52. adonis parts

    adonis parts

    Acum 15 ore

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

  53. Drodon


    Acum 15 ore

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

  54. Drodon


    Acum 15 ore

    What if HEAR ME OUT flying sheeep monkeys?

  55. Special Agent Squeaky's Cozy Gaming Corner

    Special Agent Squeaky's Cozy Gaming Corner

    Acum 15 ore

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

  56. Sheryl Nome

    Sheryl Nome

    Acum 15 ore

    The post office railway sounds interesting enough tho

  57. A. Tee

    A. Tee

    Acum 15 ore

    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.

  58. Michael Pagan

    Michael Pagan

    Acum 16 ore

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

  59. Simon Booth

    Simon Booth

    Acum 16 ore

    have you made anything on GPS?

  60. Calvino


    Acum 16 ore

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

  61. Jason Last

    Jason Last

    Acum 17 ore

    Imagine if you fed it Harry Potter

  62. Fardin Fahim

    Fardin Fahim

    Acum 18 ore

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

  63. Ben Barrett

    Ben Barrett

    Acum 18 ore

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

  64. Lucas


    Acum 18 ore

    This could be amazing for generating Roleplaying Games

  65. K R

    K R

    Acum 18 ore

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

  66. alaskaxx


    Acum 18 ore

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

  67. Waseem Iqbal

    Waseem Iqbal

    Acum 19 ore

    😅 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.

  68. RAMBO


    Acum 19 ore

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

  69. firefox5926


    Acum 19 ore

    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

  70. Mia Jære

    Mia Jære

    Acum 19 ore

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

  71. Adam sturgeon

    Adam sturgeon

    Acum 19 ore

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

  72. Sean Fitzpatrick

    Sean Fitzpatrick

    Acum 20 ore

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

  73. Etu Suku

    Etu Suku

    Acum 20 ore

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

  74. lentils


    Acum 20 ore

    Brilliant Tom.

  75. filmgekko


    Acum 20 ore

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

  76. Hayden Maines

    Hayden Maines

    Acum 21 oră

    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.

  77. Ryan Roberts

    Ryan Roberts

    Acum 21 oră

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

  78. TheMiningTeam


    Acum 22 ore

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

  79. BradTheBreadstick


    Acum 22 ore

    you're obsolete now tom

  80. Jerl


    Acum 22 ore

    "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.

  81. Coffee Succubus

    Coffee Succubus

    Acum 22 ore

    Then just take them, and go on another channel

  82. Maxwell Berkowitz

    Maxwell Berkowitz

    Acum 22 ore

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

  83. NekoWerewolf


    Acum 23 ore

    I love you tom. No hetero.

  84. CircsC


    Acum 23 ore

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

  85. Hunter Morgan

    Hunter Morgan

    Acum 23 ore

    We went from Cleverbot to this.

  86. Hunter Morgan

    Hunter Morgan

    Acum 23 ore

    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.

  87. Jaguar Playz

    Jaguar Playz

    Acum o Zi

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

  88. PãüLèÿ Mùthønî

    PãüLèÿ Mùthønî

    Acum o Zi

    lets hope matt coelbo takes this where tom cant go 😂

  89. Ace Canacan

    Ace Canacan

    Acum o Zi

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

  90. Samuel Forsyth

    Samuel Forsyth

    Acum o Zi

    talk to clever bot..

  91. Мікалас Кaрыбутоў

    Мікалас Кaрыбутоў

    Acum o Zi

    Most of those fictional scenarios sound like SCP objects.

  92. soinu foig

    soinu foig

    Acum o Zi

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

  93. Crunchy


    Acum o Zi

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

  94. Brycen Bradley

    Brycen Bradley

    Acum o Zi

    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.

    • soinu foig

      soinu foig

      Acum o Zi

      Ahh yes, Kirby's Dream (land).

  95. Michael Munson

    Michael Munson

    Acum o Zi

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

  96. Pyrite


    Acum o Zi


  97. Loutre Sauvage

    Loutre Sauvage

    Acum o Zi

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

  98. Jack P

    Jack P

    Acum o Zi

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

  99. mysteryshrimp


    Acum o Zi

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

  100. Salutations YT!

    Salutations YT!

    Acum o Zi

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