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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  • 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 Scott2 päivää sitten
    • Make a new Channel 😊 .

      Jude LloydJude Lloyd6 tuntia sitten
    • When lockdown is over and you can travel you could make a video about the Gunpowder Factory of Barcarena. This is not me just wanting Tom to come here to Portugal, i just think it has an interesting story.

      zopic 13zopic 136 tuntia sitten
    • 5:10 That one is real. Every wealthy western country, has at least one political party full of Neo-socialist nut-bags!

      Lord SamichLord Samich7 tuntia sitten
    • Ok gl

      RequiemRequiem9 tuntia sitten
    • Maybe go for a half as tom way and take material you got to make a larger number of small clips. Maybe show how those ideas failed to make it to a video.

      TheRazerx7TheRazerx79 tuntia sitten
  • Imagine an AI generated video game world. Literature, art, history, intrigue, politics... All in a D&D setting for the player to roam around and discover. And maybe even to influence.

    StilgarsanStilgarsan6 tuntia sitten
  • id did the same then bitcoin pop up

    GoldenhordemiloGoldenhordemilo6 tuntia sitten
  • I only discovered Citation Needed in January, yet I miss it!

    Ginger KnightGinger Knight6 tuntia sitten
  • i call it "phantom nostalgia"

    MessyGuyMessyGuy6 tuntia sitten
  • Looks like you're set for April Fools' videos for years to come.

    Raghav GoelRaghav Goel6 tuntia sitten
  • Was the car in the curve coincidence?

    Lord JulianLord Julian6 tuntia sitten
  • Scary

    jasklistojasklisto6 tuntia sitten
  • There's no algorithm for truth! (I think that was the title of your lecture..)

    Thor NielsenThor Nielsen6 tuntia sitten
  • Literally 99% percent of you wont see this but say safe during these times I’m really struggling to hit 1000 subs pls help me guys 👍🙏🙏

    yxng.D9yxng.D96 tuntia sitten
  • You talk too much and after a while it becomes boring. Just talk about relevant stuff, please.

    will2seewill2see6 tuntia sitten
  • 5:24 well, there is a word. well, two actually. HOME - Resonance

    Alex JamiesonAlex Jamieson6 tuntia sitten
  • Your job will not only get easier. You will not do the job any more because the AI does it for you :D

    Fredy FredFredy Fred6 tuntia sitten
  • in the future, entertainment will be randomly generated

    jojosiwaofficialjojosiwaofficial6 tuntia sitten
  • AI about to run authors out of business

    ohifonlyx33ohifonlyx336 tuntia sitten
  • On the talk of lost villages would a video on Ravenscar work? A town with roads, sewers, a hotel and even a railway station, but no houses.

    BroccoliBomberBroccoliBomber6 tuntia sitten
  • that car that drives by when the curve is shown at 7:20 is timed perfectly

    Coobk165[GER]Coobk165[GER]6 tuntia sitten
  • Scott Pakin has been doing this for over a decade with the complaint letter generator

    jesus built my hotrodjesus built my hotrod6 tuntia sitten
  • there is a word for nostalgia for things that did not actually happen notstalgia (I made it up ( ; obviously)

    Charlie MacsweenCharlie Macsween6 tuntia sitten
  • Is it weird that I noticed the Union flag placed by the British astronaut was upside down?

    Jeremy PattonJeremy Patton6 tuntia sitten
  • I have a dream of a Russian utopia in East Yorkshire now

    Alicia GervaiseAlicia Gervaise6 tuntia sitten
  • it is a doctor who episode

    Charlie MacsweenCharlie Macsween6 tuntia sitten
  • Oddly, "The Green Death" is the only Doctor Who DVD I own. Look, it's just over there, between A Mighty Wind and the documentary The Yes Men. Pertwee era.

    bulletproofblousebulletproofblouse6 tuntia sitten
  • Anyone read the Road to Wigan Pier? One of my favourite quotes are from that book "Teeth ain't nothing but misery."

    sarcasmo57sarcasmo576 tuntia sitten
  • Now that you have posted this video, the AI will encounter itself in the datapool of your video's, and thus it will have achieved self-awareness....

    spacekiwikitspacekiwikit6 tuntia sitten
  • 2:25 Haha, nice catch. I also instantly made the Doctor Who connection.

    EccentriastesEccentriastes7 tuntia sitten
  • An Idea: for the things you didn't know. I couldn't find an episode related to the "Law" regarding images of the Houses of Commons and Lords being shown on Television if there's humour/ mockery commentated over the footage or related to the footage. Seems like such an arkane rule that i still am not sure it exists. But a few mentions related to Jon Stewart and John Oliver's show not being able to broadcast certain episodes and a Guardian article seem to suggest its a thing. I am from the UK. And shows such as Mock the Week and many others must tread a fine line in the content they show as well as this not seemingly being implemented on the internet.

    T MilesT Miles7 tuntia sitten
  • 7:10 that car passing by was perfectly timed

    Lieutenant WuzzLieutenant Wuzz7 tuntia sitten
  • Tom your job will get a lot easier until we get an AI Tom Scott making an AI generated video about an AI generated title in a hundred slightly different styles to appease every type of viewer and your job will no longer exist.

    noodles6669noodles66697 tuntia sitten
  • I don't think these AIs make more worse games than we are presented with today. Mass Effect: Andromeda, Anthem, XIII Remaster/Remake, and so on.

    Ellsworth DavisEllsworth Davis7 tuntia sitten
  • "How Salter's Duck could save Hemsby".

    Clive MitchellClive Mitchell7 tuntia sitten
  • 7:14 the car drives by exactly at the right moment

    Alex24757Alex247577 tuntia sitten
  • The order of "Rock Paper Scissor" in different languages

    KEn ZhuKEn Zhu7 tuntia sitten
  • Pls Tom let the AI generate a script for the cliff that refuses to be a cliff

    John CenasJohn Cenas7 tuntia sitten
  • "With an animator" Well, more an illustrator haha

    PhoenixPhoenix7 tuntia sitten
  • When out of valid and good enough ideas, just milk views from the lack of ideas

    Valtteri PennanenValtteri Pennanen7 tuntia sitten
  • It's scary how good the AI generation on this date.

    TacticalDrawsTacticalDraws7 tuntia sitten
  • Farmland *IS* Russian utopia

    MmeMmoCcaNn procanMmeMmoCcaNn procan8 tuntia sitten
  • Protonosalga is the word you're looking for.

    Sam DowdallSam Dowdall8 tuntia sitten
  • From the moment I understood the weakness of my flesh, it disgusted me. I craved the strength and certainty of steel. I aspired to the purity of the blessed machine. Your kind cling to your flesh as if it will not decay and fail you. One day the crude biomass you call a temple will wither and you will beg my kind to save you. But I am already saved. For the Machine is Immortal

    Gregor CoetzeeGregor Coetzee8 tuntia sitten
  • "the white cube a the end of the world" --> There's currently a gigantic ans perfectly rectangular shaped iceberg now floating near Antartica !

    Claudy_FocanClaudy_Focan8 tuntia sitten
  • You could ask us? Sure the community has some ideas.

    Gregor CoetzeeGregor Coetzee8 tuntia sitten
  • 'The beach where you can hear the sea' could be about 'the sea organ' in Zadar, Croatia. Fascinating place. It would make a very good video actually. 👍

    WaitHereIveGoneToGetHelp !WaitHereIveGoneToGetHelp !8 tuntia sitten
  • 5:24 sounds like a job for the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.

    Eric SouthardEric Southard8 tuntia sitten
  • Wow, this was very, very cool!

    Stellular NebullaStellular Nebulla8 tuntia sitten
  • God forbid we live in a world where conspiracy theories start cropping up. Can't imagine that. Bigfoot Eats the Remaining Andes Plane Crash Survivors 50 years later.

    KenKen8 tuntia sitten
  • Why is there nothing behind the Lofthouse sign?

    murmol444murmol4448 tuntia sitten
  • Meanwhile in a parallel universe... Tom: the AI gave me some incredible but fictional things, such as "The Second Atom bomb of WWII that was never dropped" and "The Australian War against Emus". I would _love_ to make videos about them, but they never happened.

    Brandon ChanBrandon Chan8 tuntia sitten
  • The mail train things sounds kinda cool I would enjoy a vid on that

    Adam AtchAdam Atch8 tuntia sitten
  • I came to this video for the doctor who reference, that is literally IT 😂🤣

    D_geronimo_WD_geronimo_W8 tuntia sitten
  • Love that Tom even said please to an AI, always polite

    TaverTaver8 tuntia sitten
  • 5:10 Replace east Yorkshire with Limerick and you have something that actually happened.

    Chris TinacanChris Tinacan8 tuntia sitten
  • Personally, I strive for commenting in animosity. Telmu hasn't asked his mum to smoke a fish for homework. Behind every good cliff, there's a disaster. Downstream of the landing, hardly an egg was found without its mother. (I'm a little rusty, but how's my AI?)

    American LightAmerican Light8 tuntia sitten
  • #34 in trending 😏

    anomonyousanomonyous8 tuntia sitten
  • Plot twist: GPT-3 suggested this exact video title.

    Joakim WarholmJoakim Warholm9 tuntia sitten

    RequiemRequiem9 tuntia sitten
  • Well well well...

    IRanOutOfIdeasIRanOutOfIdeas9 tuntia sitten
    • Topical name

      a bca bc8 tuntia sitten
  • “Why Britain built new towns after ww2”. Is this a good idea?

    Peter BillinghamPeter Billingham9 tuntia sitten
  • Writers of Doctor Who could benefit from this greatly...

    A. Elrond D.A. Elrond D.9 tuntia sitten
  • The "few suggestions that are just nonsense" from you sounds just normal for an average Half As Interesting watcher ....

    Cutie Meow MeowCutie Meow Meow9 tuntia sitten
  • Hey Tom, I dwelled into your comment @ 5:20, and apparently a few exist, albeit borrowed from other languages. a German term advocated by C.S. Lewis: 'sehnsucht', meaning “a longing and nostalgia for a far-off home one has never visited,.” the Brazilian term 'saudade', “The famous saudade of the Portuguese is a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness.” and at last, the term coined by The Dictionary Of Obscure Sorrows: 'anemoia' - n. nostalgia for a time you’ve never known. Thanks for coming to my TedX™ talk, y'all.

    HyperionHyperion9 tuntia sitten
  • Did the AI also tell you to make this video and praise it?

    Tarek AzadTarek Azad9 tuntia sitten
  • "I... can hear the sea" had me in stitches, this is brilliant! xD

    Erika Masala NilsfredErika Masala Nilsfred9 tuntia sitten
  • Imagine having numbered lockdown. We just had 1 big one that still hasn't ended 😂.

    Charlie FajitaCharlie Fajita9 tuntia sitten
  • Look a little better into the Russian Utopia and the cliffs that refuse are real too.

    PrjndigoPrjndigo9 tuntia sitten
  • Put your brain to good use : look at the actual covid data, ask yourself how many people you know tested, how many died of covid(not with) . How many people in relatively good health under 70? Then look around at those that died of covid restrictions, and who are bankrupted and ruined because of them. Ask why we can queue in tesco but can't walk along the beach. Then look at the history of masks and the actual data. Compare cases to actual infections. They are different things and how that difference means the death rate is even lower. Question old people locked away from family and friends. Who committed suicide or died because of lack of NHS treatment as nurses tiktoked on full salary in half empty hospitals. I dare you. Patients are running the asylum.

    Seamus O'DorkSeamus O'Dork9 tuntia sitten
  • “Kirby’s Dream”? Nintendo wants a chat about that one.

    serdy ximiserdy ximi10 tuntia sitten
  • AS with so much in life, there's always a Douglas Adams angle -- in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, the product that made murder victim Gordon Way's fortune was a product called "Reason" -- this was a computer system (an AI in modern terms) that, if you gave it a start position and a decision you wanted to reach, would create a plausible line of reasoning from one to the other. It was secretly bought by governments and used to provide convincing arguments for their preferred political stance(s). I got a definite flavour of this being a modern iteration. By the sound of it, the company producing it have read Dirk Gently too.

    Alasdair SwansonAlasdair Swanson10 tuntia sitten
    • I hope BBC or CNN doesn't get this technologie...

      serdy ximiserdy ximi10 tuntia sitten

    AHurdOfBroniesAHurdOfBronies10 tuntia sitten
  • Imaginostalgia?

    petaQpetaQ10 tuntia sitten
  • 5:58 - Helena Blavatsky, the theosophist ... just in case you were wondering.

    Brendan WardBrendan Ward10 tuntia sitten
  • Actually the "British Moon Landings" is close to a possibility for you, there was in fact a British space program, there are abandoned bases in the south east where they actually did, for a time, compete in the space race. Maybe worth a thought?

    Paul O'SullivanPaul O'Sullivan10 tuntia sitten
  • "The White Cube at the End of the World" literally sounds like "The Pyramid at the End of the World", which indeed is a Doctor Who episode 🤔

    Atriya KollerAtriya Koller10 tuntia sitten
  • 3.57 million will not miss one for him sounding like a car salesman. Big hugz & take care. It sounded like you were attempting to go from a date to marriage in a week.

    Mikiness AnalogMikiness Analog10 tuntia sitten
  • Just do what other FIstartrs do when they run out of ideas; film a Q&A

    StarRestlessStarRestless11 tuntia sitten
  • "the plane that stopped flying"

    Chargingbison 100Chargingbison 10011 tuntia sitten
  • i want to know about the british road that is a boat

    jakesweet1000jakesweet100011 tuntia sitten
  • The Portugese word 'Saudade" may be what you are looking for. A vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness

    DaveYanakovDaveYanakov11 tuntia sitten
  • Tonight on Bottom Gear... Jeremy Clarkson’s Lottery of Death!

    • _dylan kelly_• _dylan kelly_11 tuntia sitten
  • Tom! You've just invented a whole new genre of youtube videos. Fictional AI generated documentaries.

    Russell ThorburnRussell Thorburn11 tuntia sitten
  • "There is no Russian Utopia here...", Just what the Russians want us to think.

    EvilMatt666 ™EvilMatt666 ™11 tuntia sitten
  • Kirby’ s DreamLand was a Game I think?

    Graham McMasterGraham McMaster11 tuntia sitten
  • Well if that happens you won't have a job.

    Daryl BensonDaryl Benson11 tuntia sitten
  • I hope BBC or CNN doesn't get this technologie...

    yugosyugos11 tuntia sitten
  • Do you trust AI?

    Sam WSam W11 tuntia sitten
  • "The white cube at the end of the world." Now that sounds like flatearth clickbait to me.

    colorado841colorado84111 tuntia sitten
  • This is amazing. Thanks Tom!

    Simon CoppackSimon Coppack11 tuntia sitten
  • Just think...in the future people will be running scripts to come up with relevant and funny messages to leave as comments on videos in order to get lots of likes. ~Hal 9000

    colorado841colorado84112 tuntia sitten
  • Anemoia: Nostalgia For A Time You’ve Never Known

    Zaman ZamanZaman Zaman12 tuntia sitten
  • Why anyone is still listening to the government in regards to covid is beyond me

    Larry LentiniLarry Lentini12 tuntia sitten
  • Tom Scott's AI youtube dungeon

    Dudok22Dudok2212 tuntia sitten
  • 4:12 "How the CIA plotted to kill Castro with explosive seashells" Time for Simon Whistler to make a 20 minute video about it, 5 of it the actual content and 15 about stuff tangentially related.

    ナナシさんナナシさん12 tuntia sitten
  • Tom Scott is the one person to ask AI a video ideas and came out with ideas that AI never think of

    Igor NababanIgor Nababan12 tuntia sitten
  • Prognostalgia.

    Mc PaMc Pa12 tuntia sitten
  • So the technology that was meant to make information more accessible to the masses, can now significantly blur the distinction between fact and fiction. Similar to how we as a species try to control our surroundings with cities and infrastructure, and ruin the environment in the process. At least technology is helping us cope, with and fight against a pandemic, which of course it has helped spread more rapidly across the globe. AI stand for Artificial Intelligence, or Artificial Information ? Don't know if those are any ideas to work with. I thought it was interesting one day at an amusement park when my kids had to book online a spot on a ride, thus preventing them from standing in a queue. I've since noticed many more new ways of doing things during this pandemic, that would not have been possible before.

    Not 2 busyNot 2 busy12 tuntia sitten
  • the onion has been running those articles for years

    nick 450nick 45012 tuntia sitten
  • This is genuinely one of the most captivating videos on this platform. And it's about an AM generating captivating videos. Only time could pull this off

    TristawesomenessTristawesomeness12 tuntia sitten
  • isn’t the “Cliff that refuses to be a cliff” kind of a throwback to “Two drums and a cymbal fall off a cliff” since that wasn’t actually a cliff you threw them off?

    KemKem12 tuntia sitten
  • Tom Scott discovers alternative history hub

    Alex BradburyAlex Bradbury12 tuntia sitten
  • Tom, could you speak about intellectual property regarding the results of AI query? I mean, the company running the AI must own some, but you provided the source material. Which is both your IP and common domain facts... And what if you made a (fiction) film based on the results, who would own what then ? Anyway, absolutely awesome video.

    Claire DixsautClaire Dixsaut12 tuntia sitten