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 Scott14 days ago

    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. J K

    J K2 days ago

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

  3. Space

    Space2 days ago

    How can I work with you?

  4. Captain Caption

    Captain Caption2 days ago

    Tom Scott is amazing!

  5. doviid

    doviid2 days ago

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

  6. AndgaChannel

    AndgaChannel2 days ago

    it's ok we love you

  7. Jacob Allen

    Jacob Allen11 minutes ago

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

  8. thebiglight bulb

    thebiglight bulb30 minutes ago

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

  9. insidetrip101

    insidetrip10132 minutes ago

    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?

  10. Moon Moon

    Moon MoonHour ago

    "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?

  11. Stephen Adams

    Stephen AdamsHour ago

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

  12. Sparrowged

    SparrowgedHour ago

    Cool AI....

  13. O. M.

    O. M.Hour ago

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

  14. ValeryVal

    ValeryVal2 hours ago

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

  15. PsiVolt

    PsiVolt2 hours ago

    Kirby's Dreamland a Russian utopia confirmed?

  16. TowndefenderYT

    TowndefenderYT3 hours ago


  17. Justicar L

    Justicar L3 hours ago

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

  18. Bob Sanders

    Bob Sanders5 hours ago

    simulacrum can be used to mean what you want.

  19. NotKarma

    NotKarma6 hours ago

    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

  20. Arkajit Maity

    Arkajit Maity6 hours ago

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

  21. Abdalrahim Abdullah

    Abdalrahim Abdullah8 hours ago

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

  22. JRturtle

    JRturtle8 hours ago

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

  23. Nathally Stocchero

    Nathally Stocchero8 hours ago

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

  24. orbik

    orbik9 hours ago

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

  25. bigglyguy

    bigglyguy11 hours ago

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

  26. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni13 hours ago

    Such an awesome video!

  27. Dr Dumb

    Dr Dumb16 hours ago

    1:18 that sounds like a nether portal

  28. James Foo

    James Foo17 hours ago

    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.

  29. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni13 hours ago

    This is amazing

  30. tya04

    tya0418 hours ago

    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.

  31. David Liu

    David Liu19 hours ago

    Animated Tom Scott looks like Grian

  32. Lexin

    Lexin21 hour ago

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

  33. Otakundead OU

    Otakundead OU22 hours ago

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

  34. P

    PDay ago

    "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".

  35. SqueakSquawk4

    SqueakSquawk4Day ago

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

  36. Mirjan Bouma

    Mirjan BoumaDay ago

    I want to hear about the Aberfan disaster...

  37. Mirjan Bouma

    Mirjan BoumaDay ago

    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.

  38. Aniseed

    AniseedDay ago


  39. gestucv olonor

    gestucv olonorDay ago

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

  40. Luke CMB

    Luke CMBDay ago

    Do the mail train RIGHT NOWW!!

  41. Looniper

    LooniperDay ago

    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.

  42. techop2010

    techop2010Day ago

    Now I want to know about the mail railway!

  43. Dec

    DecDay ago

    @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.

  44. Tehc

    TehcDay ago

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

  45. tennie

    tennieDay ago

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

  46. Dizer Done

    Dizer DoneDay ago

    I Wonder if there’s any interesting stories about Middlesbrough

  47. LNER 4489

    LNER 4489Day ago

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

  48. Twski

    TwskiDay ago

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

  49. QuantumTap

    QuantumTapDay ago

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

  50. Aaron Lucas

    Aaron LucasDay ago

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

  51. tobuslieven

    tobuslievenDay ago

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

  52. Michael Withington-Walsh

    Michael Withington-WalshDay ago

    "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".

  53. The Seed 219!

    The Seed 219!Day ago

    I clicked only for the Union Jack on the moon.

  54. Anthony Gray

    Anthony GrayDay ago

    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.

  55. menderelcapBIG

    menderelcapBIGDay ago


  56. D&MCG Gaming

    D&MCG GamingDay ago

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

  57. Tulle Rönnmyr

    Tulle RönnmyrDay ago

    Maybe revisit Avebury and some of your earlier videos?

  58. Moon

    MoonDay ago

    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

  59. NestedParenthetical

    NestedParentheticalDay ago

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

  60. Electros Industries

    Electros Industries2 days ago

    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!

  61. SteRDLK

    SteRDLK2 days ago

    Wigan Pier in the West Midlands???

  62. Aquarius

    Aquarius2 days ago

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

  63. Anonymous4045

    Anonymous40452 days ago

    Came here from mumbo jumbo

  64. Matthew Flanagan

    Matthew Flanagan2 days ago

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

  65. Lemmymaster,Bas

    Lemmymaster,Bas2 days ago

    Why is Grian on the moon

  66. TGAM123

    TGAM1232 days ago

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

  67. Forgoten Null

    Forgoten Null2 days ago

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

  68. Drops2cents

    Drops2cents2 days ago

    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." :-)

  69. Kirito Dos

    Kirito Dos2 days ago

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

  70. DudeOnTheInternet

    DudeOnTheInternet2 days ago

    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

  71. Light House

    Light House2 days ago

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

  72. God

    God2 days ago

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

  73. crobtv

    crobtv2 days ago

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

  74. Connor Oud

    Connor Oud2 days ago

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

  75. HoodieSticks

    HoodieSticks2 days ago

    7:09 Car passes by with perfect timing

  76. timothyp873

    timothyp8732 days ago

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

  77. MrLunithy

    MrLunithy2 days ago

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

  78. Armadeus

    Armadeus2 days ago

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

  79. Takito Loko

    Takito Loko2 days ago

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

  80. Cody Nemo

    Cody Nemo2 days ago

    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.

  81. Cody Nemo

    Cody Nemo2 days ago

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

  82. 윱윱

    윱윱2 days ago

    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..

  83. Mahkus

    Mahkus2 days ago

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

  84. Derp Kid

    Derp Kid2 days ago

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

  85. Barbecue Shoes

    Barbecue Shoes2 days ago

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

  86. Spaceexplorer

    Spaceexplorer2 days ago

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

  87. JustSomeCringyKid

    JustSomeCringyKid2 days ago

    4:49 the ai really reinvented street fighter x tekken

  88. Donald Rivers

    Donald Rivers2 days ago

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

  89. Mr !!?

    Mr !!?2 days ago

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

  90. Ikethepro18

    Ikethepro182 days ago

    Now it can do my homework!

  91. DJgregBrown

    DJgregBrown2 days ago

    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.

  92. Omar Smith

    Omar Smith2 days ago

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

  93. Lookaz stan

    Lookaz stan2 days ago

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

  94. FFwachten

    FFwachten2 days ago

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

  95. Tymoteusz Olechowski

    Tymoteusz Olechowski2 days ago

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

  96. Kiieeraan

    Kiieeraan2 days ago

    Wigan is not in the west midlands. how insulting.

  97. Suburban Media

    Suburban Media2 days ago

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

  98. FuzzzWuzzz

    FuzzzWuzzz2 days ago

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

  99. Jude Bedessem

    Jude Bedessem3 days ago

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

  100. sehhi vooty

    sehhi vooty3 days ago

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

  101. Spencer Reisner

    Spencer Reisner3 days ago

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

  102. sehhi vooty

    sehhi vooty3 days ago

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

  103. smhily ツ

    smhily ツ3 days ago

    Stop forcing cliffs to be cliffs

  104. Philosophical_Cactus

    Philosophical_Cactus3 days ago

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

  105. izak baxendale

    izak baxendale3 days ago

    The 7th one is a true tail

  106. Frogboyaidan

    Frogboyaidan3 days ago

    e here from jobos channel

  107. Destory

    Destory3 days ago

    WTF YT!