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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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott5 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.

  • Hans Dampf

    Hans Dampf

    6 klukkustundum síðan

    Great content! Just discovered this channel some weeks ago and if you ever run out of ideas, well AI is glad to help you out :D

  • Albert Martí

    Albert Martí

    6 klukkustundum síðan

    You know he's telling the truth because the pinned comment is recent

  • David Beddard

    David Beddard

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    Apparently the official Time Team ISsofts channel is hoping to revive the classic archeology show as a web series. I think you, Mr Scott, would be the perfect choice for a host to follow in Tony Robinson's footsteps. Just a thought.

  • mysterious questions

    mysterious questions

    Degi Síðan síðan

    17k like :D

  • Rhys B

    Rhys B

    Degi Síðan síðan

    More virtual gameshows! You're practically a genius when it comes to gameshow design.

  • Andrew Porter
    Andrew Porter3 klukkustundum síðan

    Cool, now they can make Half-Life 3.

  • Charis Benno
    Charis Benno3 klukkustundum síðan

    The ruddy card densply worry because penalty thirdly kiss unto a psychedelic battle. stupid, inexpensive industry

  • Brick
    Brick4 klukkustundum síðan

    Alternative video title: My video ideas and titles are dross that even an AI could come up with inb4 *Why are you booing me? I'm right*

  • Úna Parkinson
    Úna Parkinson4 klukkustundum síðan

    The Green Death is one of my favourite doctor who episodes

  • Levin
    Levin4 klukkustundum síðan

    5:25 - i bet there's a word for that in the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows=)

  • Yuan Yuan Sun
    Yuan Yuan Sun4 klukkustundum síðan

    The strange light that flows over Oxfordshire... spot on --- Anonymous night climber

  • George Okez
    George Okez5 klukkustundum síðan

    Well, there goes the jobs of your content team and script writers and maybe more.

  • Daniel VW
    Daniel VW5 klukkustundum síðan

    "Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death" Coming soon to Amazon Prime Video.

  • Qubrof
    Qubrof6 klukkustundum síðan

    "The Green Death and the Industrial Revolution" sounds like a fascinating look at the use of the arsenic-laden Paris Green pigment in wallpaper in Victorian times, and how it started to fall out of use around the turn of the century.

  • Adrida Plague-Boi
    Adrida Plague-Boi6 klukkustundum síðan

    I’m sorry but “The Dream of a Russian Utopia in East Yorkshire” sounds like an actual thing that could have happened

  • sarah Rooney
    sarah Rooney6 klukkustundum síðan

    Hey I found something a bit of France village in England near Peterborough

  • Ollie Osborn
    Ollie Osborn7 klukkustundum síðan

    I love how your prompt for the script included please.

  • Colin Manning
    Colin Manning7 klukkustundum síðan

    Hire an artist to animate these “parallel universe” stories that are narrated by you with the script created bythe AI. Call it “Tales of the Multiverse”

  • yaim0310
    yaim03107 klukkustundum síðan

    Here is an idea: do a video about one shot films. ONE TAKE!

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan7 klukkustundum síðan

    After few usage of GPT3, you come to understand that it does not have a "mind" which you were expecting.

  • R.J. Paltridge
    R.J. Paltridge7 klukkustundum síðan


  • Metashrew
    Metashrew7 klukkustundum síðan

    Even the nonsensical titles are somewhat convincing. They have this clickbaity quality where you just go *"I don't believe it. I have to see this because there's no way that's actually real"*

  • Karl Churchill
    Karl Churchill8 klukkustundum síðan

    I would totally watch Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death.

  • Cyan Dino
    Cyan Dino8 klukkustundum síðan

    This AI would be great at Two Of These People Are Lying.

  • Ryan Peterson
    Ryan Peterson8 klukkustundum síðan

    Truly interesting times we live in. Generating thousands of these and running them through another AI similar to Watson is very doable. Scary.

  • MCtech
    MCtech8 klukkustundum síðan

    2:07 "In the middle of nowhere". Feels like I've heard this phrase somewhere already :D

  • Taha Khan
    Taha Khan9 klukkustundum síðan

    The fictional ideas were like they were from gravity falls

  • Castro GamerXII
    Castro GamerXII9 klukkustundum síðan

    5:23 Anemoia - n. nostalgia for a time you've never known. dictionary of obscure sorrows

  • CEO OF Zimbabwe
    CEO OF Zimbabwe9 klukkustundum síðan

    5:22 anemoia is the term you`re looking for but it's not yet formally recognized

  • Elin
    Elin9 klukkustundum síðan

    I love how the AI seams to have picked up some anti-capitalist sentiments, love to see it

  • Timo
    Timo9 klukkustundum síðan

    5:20 Not quite the same, but from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: "anemoia" - n. nostalgia for a time you’ve never known

  • Abhinav Krishnan
    Abhinav Krishnan9 klukkustundum síðan

    All of those impossible titles could be a good SCP idea.

  • B JH
    B JH9 klukkustundum síðan

    In the near future, people will get fictional stories from web searches instead of real historical facts and there will be no way to discern between the two. In a few year's time, try googling kirby's dream and your video will probably be in the results. Now imagine if you had not declared them as fictional in the video but gone ahead and made the film just for the heck of it. Now imagine the chaos in twenty years time. Now in a hundred years. The end of truth is coming.

  • Redditastic
    Redditastic9 klukkustundum síðan


  • theMetal973
    theMetal97310 klukkustundum síðan

    Hold up... why is the UK in lockdown???

  • gjldkhlfnncnxn


    5 klukkustundum síðan

    because of the global pandemic

  • covaH
    covaH10 klukkustundum síðan

    "Apparently" 0:19

  • This Can Be Pronounced
    This Can Be Pronounced10 klukkustundum síðan

    Not the word for that feeling, but it's close to what could be evoked by flash fiction, or closer to these headlines: the 6 word story.

  • A_Itsar
    A_Itsar10 klukkustundum síðan

    Here is an idea "A toaster that toast a bread"

  • acutus
    acutus10 klukkustundum síðan

    A more advanced AI may not only make your job easier, but also redundant.

  • Samuel Caster
    Samuel Caster10 klukkustundum síðan

    The roasted patch technically trust because dimple characteristically invite an a lazy bathroom. intelligent, spiritual capricorn

  • Tiny Lord
    Tiny Lord11 klukkustundum síðan

    𝕯ᴏ𝕟'𝚝 ʟєⓣ 𝐓ℎe̶͟m̶̶ 𝙺𝕟𝐨ω ᴀ𝔟𝕠𝚞𝘵 𝕺u̸̸ʀ 𝑀🄾O͟ⓝ ̶L̶a̸𝚗ԃ𝕚ɴ𝓰𝙨 ̵T̵σ𝙼

  • Inverted Games
    Inverted Games12 klukkustundum síðan

    The question is, was the title "I asked an AI for video ideas, and they were actually good" included in the list it gave you?

  • Warbler
    Warbler12 klukkustundum síðan

    7:17 And the best timing of the year award goes to...

  • Hardwick6818
    Hardwick681812 klukkustundum síðan

    A BOAT is in rights of way designation meaning anyway open all traffic

    3PSILON13 klukkustundum síðan

    "Nostalgia for Things that never existed" I think there is German word for that: Luftschloss (air castle) Something huge that you extensively dream about, but probably will never happen.

  • Elon Wong
    Elon Wong13 klukkustundum síðan

    I actually hope that all ai companies set guidelines and hard limits to stop anyone from using ai extensively and irresponsibly. This can make things really bad if they let some problematic people do that.

  • Tom Kelly
    Tom Kelly13 klukkustundum síðan

    "Nostalgia for a thing that never existed, that never could've existed" ... natsukashii comes close.

  • The Everbind
    The Everbind13 klukkustundum síðan

    Funnily enough you could argue that the enclosure acts which forced so many off of their communal lands into large cities which provided the disposed and brutalized labor force of the factory state *is* more or less The Green Death and the Industrial Revolution. Lovely video. Thank you!

  • mattfreund
    mattfreund13 klukkustundum síðan

    How bout you do a chanel just for these videos 🤔

  • TerranStriker
    TerranStriker14 klukkustundum síðan

    Rasberry Pi?

  • DanceSeek
    DanceSeek14 klukkustundum síðan

    at 7:07 and a few seconds afterward, the road noise is perfectly synchronized with the graph animation!

  • Matt Gie
    Matt Gie14 klukkustundum síðan

    I think just: "wow"

  • Pr1tce
    Pr1tce14 klukkustundum síðan

    Anemoia is the feeling of nostalgia of a time you never experienced.

  • LodanSD
    LodanSD16 klukkustundum síðan

    whatever happened to Cray Research?

  • Pyagrl*16
    Pyagrl*1616 klukkustundum síðan

    Great art overall! I disagree with the gravity-defying vertical mountain picture. I think that would look like an obelisk that's too tall not to collapse under earth's gravity. Less gravity is why Olympus Mons is so much taller than anything here.

  • Fikri Fadhlurrahman
    Fikri Fadhlurrahman16 klukkustundum síðan

    I want to know what kind of utopia the Russians really aiming to

  • moroni
    moroni17 klukkustundum síðan

    i tried this with 'talk to transformer' and got "The Secret City Built On An Abandoned Airbase "

  • kennomini
    kennomini17 klukkustundum síðan

    No offence but you look like a 12 year old kid who just had their 40th birthday. P.S. I like your videos, keep up the good work.

  • RR Extra
    RR Extra17 klukkustundum síðan

    Shill Channel.

  • [SR] CC
    [SR] CC17 klukkustundum síðan

    Tell me more about this road boat...

  • bofooit gojo
    bofooit gojo18 klukkustundum síðan

    Tom: "I think I'll make a video about a cliff." The cliff: "Well you better go find one then.We don't have such things here."

  • McCabe88
    McCabe8818 klukkustundum síðan

    I have a nostalgia for things in the 90s, I was born after 2000

  • Max K
    Max K18 klukkustundum síðan

    You could make a randomized flip book of "the CIA tried to kill Castro with ______" and it will almost always be true.

  • bofooit gojo

    bofooit gojo

    18 klukkustundum síðan

    I wish I had Tom Scott as a teacher back in highschool. It really doesn't matter what subject he's talking about because his way of narrating always keeps me engaged.

  • GiantDestructor
    GiantDestructor19 klukkustundum síðan

    We flew a kite in a public place

  • Carlos Furtado
    Carlos Furtado19 klukkustundum síðan

    Nice movie ideas!

  • boasome1 SSS RADIO
    boasome1 SSS RADIO19 klukkustundum síðan

    nostalgia for a thing that you never experianced is called anemoia

  • Owen Gallo
    Owen Gallo19 klukkustundum síðan

    was this video the AIs idea?

  • Over_Complicated
    Over_Complicated19 klukkustundum síðan

    "anemoia" - n. nostalgia for a time you’ve never known. In the dictionary of obscure sorrows.

  • Kirbo
    Kirbo20 klukkustundum síðan

    6:19 Poyo?

  • Memnarch
    Memnarch20 klukkustundum síðan

    Kirby's Dream...Land?

  • Memnarch
    Memnarch20 klukkustundum síðan

    5:05 MOON! It's called a MOON! :P

  • Pierre Reynaud
    Pierre Reynaud20 klukkustundum síðan

    I don't understand why there is a limit on GPT-3, when it comes to political things? What if we ask the AI to build a perfect system to govern humans?

  • Xavier Kray
    Xavier Kray20 klukkustundum síðan

    5:20 The word is 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. Who lived and died before any of us arrived here, who sleep in some of the same houses we do, who look up at the same moon, who breathe the same air, feel the same blood in their veins-and live in a completely different world.

  • Buster Beachside
    Buster Beachside20 klukkustundum síðan

    I refuse to be impressed with AI until it can generate a realistic image of my anime waifu.

  • paulocarmonava
    paulocarmonava21 klukkustund síðan

    When you are out of ideas make your situation your idea.

  • kevmv1
    kevmv121 klukkustund síðan

    We now know how news is written

  • Jay Dee
    Jay Dee21 klukkustund síðan

    The rush of sound at 7:14 was perfectly timed with the idea of a massive revolution and the world changing!

  • KoudeZuurkool
    KoudeZuurkool22 klukkustundum síðan

    I wish I had Tom Scott as a teacher back in highschool. It really doesn't matter what subject he's talking about because his way of narrating always keeps me engaged.

  • Roberto Sulas
    Roberto Sulas22 klukkustundum síðan

    Non-existing ideas seems to come from the SCP Foundation.

  • Undercooked Potato_PL
    Undercooked Potato_PL22 klukkustundum síðan

    when you relize this is an idea for a film

  • A Gilby
    A Gilby22 klukkustundum síðan

    "Apanostalgia" is my suggestion for nostalgia for something that never actually existed.

  • Ranthony
    Ranthony22 klukkustundum síðan

    Well how about something about the walls of York? Alternatively, what about a comparison between British and American cities with the same names?

  • Zach B
    Zach B22 klukkustundum síðan

    All the animated ones are SCPs

  • Magneto sphere
    Magneto sphere22 klukkustundum síðan

    I was expecting a boring video but it was actually rather interesting.

  • TheMightyKinkle
    TheMightyKinkle22 klukkustundum síðan

    Wooo. I live in East Yorkshire! Also, it's pronounced 'Holdernuss' 😇

  • SomeIntrovert
    SomeIntrovert22 klukkustundum síðan

    A cliff that refuses to be a cliff is the same as a toy who refuses to be a toy, damn you buzzlightyear

  • Benoit Chapman
    Benoit Chapman22 klukkustundum síðan


  • ExaltedDuck
    ExaltedDuck22 klukkustundum síðan

    I really want to see your video about the British road that was also a Boat.

  • Maher Hayek
    Maher Hayek23 klukkustundum síðan

    The cliff that refuses to be a cliff. Judge: I sentence you to death by hanging. Cliffhanger: My time has come.

  • quintopia
    quintopia23 klukkustundum síðan

    the word for "nostalgia for a thing that never existed" is "American conservatism"

  • mody osman
    mody osman23 klukkustundum síðan

    Plot twist, the AI actually recommended the video we are watching now.

  • ThePolarPals
    ThePolarPals23 klukkustundum síðan

    Rhyme : "Roses are red, violets are blue. So is blood, now time for you.." 😨 Why'd I make this up..? 😨

  • Fiyaaah
    Fiyaaah23 klukkustundum síðan

    I think one can become rich and famous if you can make an AI that generates book reports for highschool students that cannot be detected by anti-plagiarism techniques.

  • Peter Bako
    Peter Bako23 klukkustundum síðan

    Two thumbs up for mentioning Citation Needed! One of my absolute favorite podcasts!

  • Commandant100
    Commandant10023 klukkustundum síðan

    Do a video on earth 2 and Ponzi schemes

  • Funny Farmer
    Funny Farmer23 klukkustundum síðan

    7:47 "If that happens, my job will be a lot easier" - wrong, your job will be gone.

  • Max Hülle
    Max Hülle23 klukkustundum síðan

    Now use it to find a word fitting to describe videos

  • Valentijn Snelder
    Valentijn Snelder23 klukkustundum síðan

    I would love to see a vertical mountain someday

  • Sonic Metal
    Sonic Metal23 klukkustundum síðan

    You should make a series of videos where the AI write scrips for the completely fictional alternative histories and call them "Nostalgia for a thing that never existed"

  • SplatterShotJr m
    SplatterShotJr mDegi Síðan síðan

    "The green death and the industrial revolution" is a phenomenal idea

  • Emizul kamarul arifin
    Emizul kamarul arifinDegi Síðan síðan

    The kind patio mathematically dry because pancreas naturalistically command opposite a foamy chord. afraid, brash children

  • Dominic Lowe
    Dominic LoweDegi Síðan síðan

    I’m terrified this was all cgi

  • mean darroni
    mean darroniDegi Síðan síðan

    Ahh the "moon landing" 🤭

  • May The Fool
    May The FoolDegi Síðan síðan

    5:23 anemoia - n. nostalgia for a time you've never know Mr. Scott there is a word for everything. (: