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: instagram.com/eddie_corg
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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott

    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.

    • Beanbot Productions
      Beanbot Productions

      @Doctor Mari-who Scom Tott

    • M8 N8
      M8 N8

      I see one really bad idea that bots could do even today that would bring someone a lot of money but also a lot of misery to people, so I wont even bring it out of my head, purely because if I see that trend happening, I'll feel like shite(and, I'm aware of parallel thinking and I know that someone has probably thought of it and has no moral quandary about it). I see an army of people like hamsters in a wheel running away but never getting there 24/7/365, that's as far i'll go into it..

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    • Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!
      Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!

      @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

      @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.

  • garthvater111

    This ai is probably the mastermind behind half as interesting

  • Lieselotte Aya
    Lieselotte Aya

    "Nostalgia for a thing that never existed" is called conservatism

  • Benevolent

    If the AI ever suggested the title of this video... is...would that pass the Turing test, or is that a fluke?

  • TommyWashow

    hypnospace outlaw - nostalgia for something that never existed

  • Drackar

    Some few of those are things that might come. They might exist... Ten years from now.

  • Neaox

    Google tells me that 'wistful' might be the world you're looking for when you mention nostalgia.

  • Anodyne Melody
    Anodyne Melody

    All cliffs refuse to be cliffs, they are continuously eroded by the water cycle. We just don't notice their desperation for suicide because it occurs on a geological time scale, not a human one. So please, have some empathy for the cliffs of the world for at some point they'll all have jumped into the sea.

  • MrAndrewsAnimations

    6:45 there never was a failed russian utopia yet...

  • LJCyrus1

    Might "The Cliff that refuses to be a Cliff" simply be someone who's named Cliff trying to change their legal name?

  • Plumjet09

    Half of these sounds like SCPs

  • L'éclair

    you know what would've made this video great? if we found out that this video was suggested by an ai.

  • SlopedOtter

    The best part of current gen AI is that it is absolutely hilarious, even when it works

  • owenmp4

    and I thought creative takeover was a while down the line

  • Imagine Kudryavka
    Imagine Kudryavka

    "The cliff that refuses to be a cliff" had me laughing, and I just woke up. Someone needs to make that into a serious video.

  • Jordan

    There WAS a white square of ice in Antarctica

  • M

    I mean Scheel's green contained deadly amounts of arsnic and it was developed during the dye industry boom which was part of the Industrial rev so it had something there.

  • OneBigPlayLister

    "The White Cube at the End of the World" sounds like a rejected Exurb1a video

  • NoodleBomber

    Anyone know where I can rent Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death?

  • smokey notifier
    smokey notifier


  • RogueBeats

    Plot Twist: these videos are real in a parallel universe wich the AI connects to.

  • Catunyti.6 .4
    Catunyti.6 .4

    Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death

  • Atomicwinter 31
    Atomicwinter 31

    I love how you could make a channel entirely about castro and everything about him. Like the poisoned milkshake that failed cuz the pills cracked when frozen, or UBRE BLANCA

  • Evin Drews
    Evin Drews

    You should've had the AI write the script in this video

  • GalaxyGal040-15

    I really wanna learn about Jeremy Clarkson's lottery of death now

  • Christopher Birnbaum
    Christopher Birnbaum

    feelin existential dread from this for some reason

  • ghostboy1225

    Anemoia is the name for nostalgia for something you've never experienced. the concept has a connotation of being for people who are younger than an event feeling nostalgia for said event. looking at popular "old style" letsplays or YT videos/website archives from when youtube/the internet was in its infancy. i think retro shooters play on this feeling heavily perhaps without realising the exact term.

  • JJ FX
    JJ FX

    Hold up... are you telling me it came up with the CIA plot to assassinate Castro with explosive sea shells but didn't even know it was true??

  • Svatopluk Čech
    Svatopluk Čech

    I can't believe I wasn't subscribed... Well, I'm now I guess

  • kackers

    If Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death isn't a real game show in the next few years I am going to mighty disappointed

  • Hri7566


  • Aaron Long
    Aaron Long

    Do your viewers know that kirbys dream is a videogame? I thought I'd see at least one comment about it by now but...

  • Aaron Long
    Aaron Long

    Do your viewers know that kirbys dream is a videogame? I thought I'd see at least one comment about it by now but...

  • Totally Not A Cylon
    Totally Not A Cylon

    Did you honestly expect no one in *your* audience would recognise Helena Blavatsky as the picture of that Nondescript Russian Baroness.

  • Benjamin Bradshaw
    Benjamin Bradshaw

    Also, this is why we need critical thinking and to look for sources.

  • Daniel Budney
    Daniel Budney

    Adding a restriction that the stories be True ... that sounds a lot like the interplay between the different parts of the brain, where the frontal lobe filters impulses and exerts self-control. What GPT-3 has managed seems analogous to what our brains manage during Dreaming or creative efforts like stringing together Poetry. An artist will apply rules to filter and rearrange concepts, but those are based on a World Model that the "AI" simply doesn't have yet. It doesn't have a concept of how things work; it only spots relationships.

  • Benjamin Bradshaw
    Benjamin Bradshaw

    Nostalgia for a thing that never existed: Resonance - Home

  • Dekko22

    are you boxing yourself in with "what works"

  • Eric Bennett
    Eric Bennett

    GPT-3 access gang

  • Kris Dreemurr
    Kris Dreemurr

    You could try to make something like "Tom Scott Fictional" where there would be the fictional sotries animated or recorded like in 5:54 . Just an idea.

  • Batch Coder
    Batch Coder

    haha britain colonize moon

  • Sky Bug
    Sky Bug

    wait Tom the word is just fantasy 😭

  • AngrySlime- osu!
    AngrySlime- osu!

    7:15 that car timing was perfect

  • Not Eskinor
    Not Eskinor

    "I don't think there's a word in the English language for 'nostalgia for a thing that never existed'." I'm sure the Germans have one lying around somewhere.

  • James Burton
    James Burton

    Wow! That's crazy!

  • EK X
    EK X

    T. Scott: I don't think English has a word for "nostalgia for things that have never existed" Finland/Germany: Hold my kyykkyviini

  • Glaive

    2:07 …also known as “At Least One Fight Scene From Every Tokusatsu Ever”

  • scarylion.roar

    "The British Road That is Also A Boat" a car ferry or pontoon bridge

  • Jesus Acuna
    Jesus Acuna

    7:08 This was the most perfectly planned audio I've heard in a while Too bad it wasn't

  • NodeX

    All of the ideas you say don't work, I am interested in. I had no idea about any of them.

  • Willow Rose
    Willow Rose

    'I don't think there is a word for nostalgia for something that doesn't exist' Vaporwave Aesthetics, anemoia, Liminal Images You're welcome.

    • Willow Rose
      Willow Rose

      Excuse me, I forgot weirdcore.

  • dqtl !
    dqtl !

    2:43 I'd love to see this

  • The middle man
    The middle man

    This is 2 minute papers with doctor karoly-zolnai-fehér.

    • The middle man
      The middle man

      Sorry if the misspelling of the name triggers you :((

  • Roland Katsuragi
    Roland Katsuragi

    Tell me more of this Russian utopia in Yorkshire

  • Chiszle

    This is perfect for RSloft LetsPlay Channels who need to push endless streams of videos and merch on young audiences who would be better off watching you, Tom.

  • Jacob Falk
    Jacob Falk

    Do some DIY stuff!

  • Raleigh Koehle
    Raleigh Koehle

    I suppose the closest thing to nostalgia for things that never were would be the mandela effect

    • Tom Scott
      Tom Scott

      THANKS FOR WATCHING. Reach out to me directly for your guidance...!!! ..Whats@pp +1. 3 2 1. 2 5 1. 8 3 1 1..

  • sinisterLMN

    “The British Road That Is Also A Boat” ...so a hydrofoil then? 🤔

    • Tom Scott
      Tom Scott

      THANKS FOR WATCHING. Reach out to me directly for your guidance...!!! ..Whats@pp +1. 3 2 1. 2 5 1. 8 3 1 1..

  • Sinom

    At the "the green death and the industrial revolution" thing I was thinking of the DW episode "the crimson horror"

  • ?

    Plot twist: Those video titles weren't actually fiction...

  • Batrax

    "Nostalgia for a thing that never existed" is called _rilirin_ in the language of dwarves in a webseries called Worth The Candle, a rational LitRPG story. Worth checking out by the way, it won't appeal to everyone but for those with the right taste it's absolutely amazing.

  • Daffyd Barnaby
    Daffyd Barnaby

    I think "nostalgia for things that never existed" is called hauntology?

  • KnitterX

    What if it turns out all those stories are in fact real and nobody beside GPT-3 knows yet?

  • Jakob

    Anemoia, Hiraeth and Vaporwave are words for nostalgia of a time that never happened (Courtesy of comments)

  • rifa khattak
    rifa khattak

    Be amazing as evaa @Tom Scott

  • Ryan O'Rourke
    Ryan O'Rourke

    I wonder will there be ai tinder profiles and ppl will be catfished by some 1s and 0s

  • Steven Osborn
    Steven Osborn

    The British Road that is also a boat: Isn't that the Isle of Wight Chain Ferry?

  • Noname _game
    Noname _game

    5:25 in German there ist a word for this. ;-)

  • neilomac

    "A word for nostalgia for a thing that never existed" - Not-stalgia? Non-stalgia? Lostalgia?

  • Jim Smith
    Jim Smith

    Don't get me wrong but road that is also a boat sounds like a interesting video to me :)

  • Nippletwister 2000
    Nippletwister 2000

    Lofthouse is asking you to drive safely, because of the invisible things there... Don't be stupid, sheeple

  • Mantas Zlioba
    Mantas Zlioba

    I asked an AI for video ideas, and they were actually good continues to talk about the AI

  • Vishnu Nittoor
    Vishnu Nittoor

    I think you're looking for the word 'anemoia'- It means "nostalgia for a time you've never known". Close enough, I'd say.

  • John M. Wilson
    John M. Wilson

    I'm guessing your animator want British, the flag isn't right

  • Ashley Strober
    Ashley Strober

    Nostalgia for a thing that could have existed Is often Hauntology

  • Nani??!!!?? nice
    Nani??!!!?? nice

    Plot twist: This entire script to this video was written by the AI

  • Kuchiki Beyakuya
    Kuchiki Beyakuya

    "the white cube at the end of the world" haha what nonsense *sweats in blender*

  • Some Dude
    Some Dude

    i honestly wouldn't mind if Tom made a video about a bridge over a motorway or about a warehouse in the middle of nowhere.

  • Tad Wood
    Tad Wood

    Communist AI confirmed

  • Matthew Anderson
    Matthew Anderson

    Heres a word for that felling "Saudade"

  • Stepan Kastanayevsky
    Stepan Kastanayevsky

    The dream of a Russian utopia in East Yorkshire let’s go

  • Varun VC
    Varun VC

    *Next Video Idea:* _How to look 8, 18, 48 and 68 at the same time._

  • KnuckleHunkybuck

    Where is the location you found of the beach where you can hear the sea? Or did you just edit the audio in afterward?

  • alegend4evr

    *invest another 10k into AI research fields*

  • Cly Marin
    Cly Marin

    Tom scott had other things to be worried about, now that we have a generated tom scott, and a video script generator

  • nutzeeer

    i bet that AI will be free at the end of the year.

  • Juiceboi PRO
    Juiceboi PRO


  • John Marshall
    John Marshall

    02:21 The British Road That Is Also A Boat is not nonsense - boat means "Byeway Open to All Traffic"

  • Maciej Załucki
    Maciej Załucki

    Well, the words "there never was any Russian utopia" may hurt some people more than you might've though.

  • hen ko
    hen ko

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

  • Carl Hartwell
    Carl Hartwell

    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.

  • taped wall
    taped wall

    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

    • hen ko
      hen ko

      an interesting topic nonetheless.

  • jimbobbyrnes

    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.

  • Raina Ramsay
    Raina Ramsay

    "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

  • Yuuup


  • James Postlethwaite
    James Postlethwaite

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

  • matrixphijr

    2:10 - Shots fired

  • TravisFabel

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

  • Em Kav
    Em Kav

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

  • Renzo Torr
    Renzo Torr

    damn gpt-3 really referenced Kirby's Dream Land

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