I asked an AI for video ideas, and they were actually good

22. feb. 2021
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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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  • 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 ScottPred 11 dnevi
    • @Lax512 it’s openai’s gpt3 but you have to give reasons and it has to be professional, but you can use gpt2 which is open to the general public

      RedEraRedEraPred 25 minutami
    • Wait Tom what was that aI though I want to mess with it

      Lax512Lax512Pred 7 urami
    • @Tom Scott you should go to Bishop Rock, Isles of Scilly. (AKA the worlds smallest island) Its in the UK.

      Spencer WhippleSpencer WhipplePred dnevom
    • My science daddy, uwu *nuzzles you* sowwy for kiwwing your famiwy, awl I want is your mowtal fwesh.

      RedEraRedEraPred dnevom
    • i know theres probably a million comments that say this. theres a mistake in the thumbnail. theres still an american flag on the spacesuit.

      Douglas ParkinsonDouglas ParkinsonPred 2 dnevi
  • plot twist scott isnt real hes just an ai, this was just him bragging about himself

    Brandon WithnellBrandon WithnellPred uro
  • sounds like nas daily to me

    Simply KiwifiedSimply KiwifiedPred 2 urami
  • You might find this word interesting then Anemoia - Nostalgia for a time you’ve never known (from the dictionary of obscure sorrows) As far as I can tell it’s not a “real” word but hey, all words are made up

    Sam DukeSam DukePred 4 urami
  • If you need more content, make a playlist or a second channel of scripts that AI generates. Even if its not real, I would absolutely watch those videos, and I assume I'm not the only one

    Noah BinderNoah BinderPred 4 urami
  • 7:16 sounds a bit like a cliff that doesn't want to be a cliff

    the_muteKithe_muteKiPred 6 urami
  • I just wanted to note that the timing of that car with the curve worked really well

    William BrennanWilliam BrennanPred 6 urami
  • Im guessing the AI gave you the idea "The AI that helped me find video titles"

    Pickle BugPickle BugPred 7 urami
  • Video ideas: "The science of diving by 0" "The things our brain doesn't let us remember" "An AI made this video" (lots of clickbait) "When will AI take over the world?" "Why do we use the Internet?" (human relations and stuff) "What's the time on Mars?" (a bit out of your normal videos but might be interesting) "What's the limit of computers?" "The battle between computers and humans" (about when computers became smarter than humans in terms of cpu power) "The Pink Lakes of Australia" Idk if you've made a video of these already but these might be interesting, I hope Tom sees this

    MeableMeablePred 8 urami
  • This AI is how Trump makes his speeches

    Tobi SmasherTobi SmasherPred 8 urami
  • A lot of those good-but-fictional video titles sound like ideas for SCPs

    EmeraldEmeraldPred 8 urami
  • Jeremy Clarkson's lottery of death actually sounds like something Jeremy would come up with

    shadowXXeshadowXXePred 9 urami
  • NOT-stalgia

    Name of the RoseName of the RosePred 9 urami
  • 5:23 isn’t that deja vu? Or is that a diff thing

    shitpostershitposterPred 9 urami
  • Ah yes the infamous Park and Ride System

    JoniboiiJoniboiiPred 9 urami
  • A guy just talking in one take. No jumpcuts, no three cuts per sentence, just coherent interesting talking. I love it.

    Backfisch_opBackfisch_opPred 9 urami
  • "The British Road That Is Also A Boat" ah, a ferry

    Sara JohnssonSara JohnssonPred 10 urami
  • I would love for you to make a full series of videos in your signature-style, presenting these parallel-world places and events.

    Lukas Oliver LeoLukas Oliver LeoPred 10 urami
  • "The white cube at the end of the world" sounds like an SCP

    mateyro999mateyro999Pred 10 urami
  • 4:16 Tom: But I googled those words and they've never been put in that exact order anywhere online. Library of Babel: Am I a joke to you?

    SteveMSteveMPred 10 urami
  • little does the AI know, it just guessed the plot of wandavision

    Brandon ZhangBrandon ZhangPred 11 urami
  • Can we talk about how the AI accidentally created the plot of WandaVision?

    ScarletBee03ScarletBee03Pred 11 urami
    • When the human-created AI creates the plot of show about a human creating AI, while being hunted by humans using AI to build their own AI, which was a pre-existing AI made out of another human-created AI. (Yes, this does make sense and is accurate to the MCU plot.)

      TrevorTrevorPred 11 urami
  • Who else is here from Mumbo Jumbo?

    Lorenzo SegoloniLorenzo SegoloniPred 11 urami
  • I would love to watch “JEREMY CLARKSONS LOTTERY OF DEATH” on Amazon Prime Video

    Colin CrewColin CrewPred 11 urami
  • 9001st comment

    Mahpi 380Mahpi 380Pred 11 urami
  • if the thing that you said at the end of the video happends it wont make your job easier it will take your job

    Maks szczurekMaks szczurekPred 12 urami
  • tom kirby's dream land is a video game

    Parker SedberryParker SedberryPred 13 urami
  • I'm sure we're not too far off from "generate me a youtube video in the style of Tom Scott" :P

    ntt2kntt2kPred 13 urami
  • I'm hoping this gets good enough so that we can tell to to finish tv shows that we're cancelled.

    James HoldenJames HoldenPred 13 urami
  • Good

    Promi AkterPromi AkterPred 15 urami
  • “Nostalgia for things that never existed” Not sure if this has already been said, but how about “Fauxstalgia”?

    ceerw butyceerw butyPred 15 urami
  • Do you memorize your scripts, do you use a prompter or just improvise?

    RubikingRubikingPred 16 urami
  • 7:18 that was the most perfectly timed car. It sounded so dramatic

    Nathan YoungNathan YoungPred 16 urami
    • Why do your videos have to be about things that are true? I'd watch a "secret history of the British moon landing" video. Heck, I'd watch a full length documentary.

      ceerw butyceerw butyPred 15 urami
  • Nostagia for a thing that never existed... That's Vapourwave.

    Ben WalshBen WalshPred 17 urami
  • It's strange the English language lacks a word to describe the feeling of nostalgia for things that aren't real. The closest I can find are words that can't be translated back into English exactly. "a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament." - Saudade (/souˈdädə/) However, Saudade is used in relation to a feeling of longing for an absent "something", even if that thing never existed to begin with; such as when you see a painting of someone that seems familiar, and it brings with it the bitter-sweet feeling of having non-existent fond memories, and the knowledge you'll never see them. It's unlike Anemoia from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, which is just the nostalgia for "When times were better, even if you were never there", it's more like carrying your past emotions with you into the present like a time capsule. This is the *closest* to what Scott asked, but it still does not feel entirely correct, considering Saudade is a far more blanket term from the melancholy of the past but having hope to experience old joys again in the future, even if it's with someone else. And then there's Sehnsucht ([ˈzeːnˌzʊxt]), a German noun that expresses the feeling of longing for a "something", and in psychology refers to the idea of craving an alternative experience. However, it's more in line with regret, and thinking of the "Could haves" or "Might dos", instead of having outright nostalgia for a thing gone by. The experience of Sehnsucht is more easily expressed as "What if I said yes?" or having fantastical ideas about the future, such as imagining ones self as famous, or a fated meeting of a true love, or even the idea of finding something new to make you happy. It feels almost natural to explain the feeling of nostalgia for things not experienced as "Agnostalgia", from ágnos/άγνωσ meaning "Unknown", and álgos/ἄλγος meaning "Pain", similar to the origin of Nostalgia.

    Clockwork OttersClockwork OttersPred 18 urami
  • 2:10 Everything is gray.

    MrEnjoivolcom1MrEnjoivolcom1Pred 18 urami
  • I think you ought to make one of the fictional ones as an April fools video.

    David BalaamDavid BalaamPred 18 urami
  • Make a separate channel with all the fictional ideas that GPT-3 made up if possible. They would be extremely interesting and would be very entertaining.

    Vicky BoiVicky BoiPred 19 urami
  • written by a bot

    Filthy LightFilthy LightPred 21 uro
  • Haha, English people call that a “beach”

    Blithe DreamBlithe DreamPred 23 urami
  • hiraeth welsh for nostalgic feeling for a home that was never yours

    NlC WILSONNlC WILSONPred dnevom
  • There is this cliff that looks like an elephant. I think he's the closest we get to cliff that doesn't want to be a cliff

    IidaIidaPred dnevom
  • Nostalgia for a thing that never existed "Country Roads", especially the Japanese translation

    Alex McDAlex McDPred dnevom
  • aberfan would be incredibly depressing but there is *definitely* a narrative there

    suddenpenguinsuddenpenguinPred dnevom
  • @5:21 hauntology.

    Alex TrebekAlex TrebekPred dnevom
  • I like the comparison to a sigmoid curve (an activation function that’s also commonly used in neural networks like GPT-3)

    Micah ReichMicah ReichPred dnevom
  • Nostalgia for things that never existed, eh? Weebs unite.

    Kingston SteeleKingston SteelePred dnevom
  • Why do your videos have to be about things that are true? I'd watch a "secret history of the British moon landing" video. Heck, I'd watch a full length documentary.

    KerithanosKerithanosPred dnevom
  • I imagine if anything, the word we could use for nostalgia of an alternative reality could be “alternis ovilis” which would roughly translate from Latin to “alternative nostalgia” I guess that’s more of a phrase than a word.

    Yung AkumaYung AkumaPred dnevom
  • Skynet

    Astor ReedAstor ReedPred dnevom
  • Dude, you're reverse aging! Make a reveal video talking about how you're actually a vampire! 😆

    StephStephPred dnevom
  • Tom is getting replaced.

    Jacob LowensteinJacob LowensteinPred dnevom
  • "The green death and the industrial revolution." ...Arsenic Wallpaper?

    TomyironmaneTomyironmanePred dnevom
  • If that happens your job will be not easier but obsolete.

    govigoviPred dnevom
  • The word is nullstalgia.

    My NameMy NamePred dnevom
  • "The British road that is also a boat" There are streets named after Hood and Anson in Hastings. You think they'd be named after the admirals, but two of the neighbouring streets are Norfolk and Sussex. Turns out they're all named for battleships named after the admirals. Huh. Not boats, but sailors: there's a town in Canada (Ajax, Ontario) that names its streets after men who served on three WW1 ships. There was a big hoo-hah over it in 2020 when the name Hans Langsdorff (captain of the Graf Spee) somehow came up in the database.

    harbl99harbl99Pred dnevom
  • "Hey GPT-3. How can I ensure the success of the GPT-3 project?" Anyone read Avogadro Corp?

    FirstRisingSouIFirstRisingSouIPred dnevom
  • there is 100% a boat that’s a road you gotta find it

    Dylan EvansDylan EvansPred dnevom
  • hey Tom, have you ever counted in binary on your fingers?

    BbonnoBbonnoPred dnevom
  • Well, your job might get a lot easier... but then, a bit after that, your job won't be needed... :-P *Singularity*

    N BeeN BeePred dnevom
  • anemoiac is the "nostalgia for nonexistant past" word your looking for

    13darkjems13darkjemsPred dnevom
  • English but all letters are phonetically consistent

    Samantha LoweSamantha LowePred dnevom
  • This video was somehow not tagged as horror.

    QuillyikQuillyikPred dnevom
  • It's cool how you can raise the "temperature" of the "how predictable" to make "good" interesting video titles that would get more clicks than "the beach where you can hear the sea", but if it is too high, it's actually not real and relatable enough to makes us want to watch it, and as you said, you needed to get the right measure, like a recipe to make a clickable title. -Who would like to watch Jeremy Clarkson's in a russian roulette?- This shows us that we are strange creatures, searching for knowledge yet afraid of the unreal and unknown.

    Luiz GabrielLuiz GabrielPred dnevom
  • For reference, the "strange light in the sky over Oxfordshire" is called the moon.

    Toby LittlejohnToby LittlejohnPred dnevom
  • That word, one of nostalgia for something that doesn't exist; is hiraeth. It's Welsh.

    DumdumshumDumdumshumPred dnevom

    Lemon JumpsLemon JumpsPred dnevom
  • Tom Scott makes me want to say hi

    Bloop SmootBloop SmootPred dnevom
  • 5:21 anemoia

    Vincent ZvolskyVincent ZvolskyPred dnevom
  • Anemoia (Word in the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows) is nostalgia for a time you've never known

  • I would love to watch one on the royal mail railway!

    Hanneke van der LuchtHanneke van der LuchtPred dnevom
  • Tom Scott has been wearing the same grey hoodie for over six years now.

    Mr BurnsMr BurnsPred dnevom
  • It’s going to get a lot easier to make videos from now on...

    Mr BurnsMr BurnsPred dnevom
  • Is it just me or does a car go past just when its climactic

    JamKeJamKePred dnevom
  • was this also a suggested idea?

    jkn ahmedjkn ahmedPred dnevom
  • I love that some of the ai ideas sound like tom scott memes

    LukenotLucasLukenotLucasPred dnevom
  • Did it come up with this idea?

    John HuntJohn HuntPred dnevom
  • Nostalgia for a thing that does not exist is exactly what nostalgia is actually about.

    ClydeLeeMClydeLeeMPred dnevom
  • What if... this video was an idea from the AI?

    Sam29Sam29Pred dnevom
    • @soiung toiue What does that have to do with my comment?

      Sam29Sam29Pred dnevom
    • You should make a video about randomness and how computers are really bad at it.

      soiung toiuesoiung toiuePred dnevom
  • I can't find a word for "nostalgia for a thing that never existed" in english, but there is one in german: it's "Sehnsucht".

    AlmonsoAlmonsoPred dnevom
  • All of your videos are about very concrete things in society and history that everyone either already knows or can quickly understand. They all give a neutral explanation of those things, which either directly or implicitly links them to things that other people wouldn't think to link them to, giving us a slightly deeper understanding of what we think we already know. Your dystopian reality videos and presentations from years ago, like the one about facebook's password authentication disappearing, are some of the most realistic and believable dystopian concepts that I've seen for that very reason. You can explore ideas while still feeling completely grounded in the physical world.

    AlmonsoAlmonsoPred dnevom
  • Did the A.I. suggest this video?

    Epic MusicEpic MusicPred dnevom
  • The scrawny town genotypically flower because owl expectantly file within a adjoining insect. overt, macho stove

    Micuna NikolMicuna NikolPred dnevom
  • Anemoia is close. Or perhaps saudade. Neither seems quite right though.

    Ryan SmithRyan SmithPred dnevom
  • This was extremely interesting

    CruzredeyeCruzredeyePred dnevom
  • Screw "Open"AI though.

    hosejahosejaPred dnevom
  • Tom: Hey, AI, I'm short on video ideas, can you help? AI: How about making a video about AI?

    A RA RPred dnevom
  • "Wigan Pier is a derelict industrial site in the West Midlands". WEST!!!!???......MIDLANDS!!!!!?????? Wigan is very much in the north and I have never been so insulted before

    Tom SmithTom SmithPred dnevom
  • I think what you could do next time you bring in some guest presenters while you take some time off is to revisit the fictional AI created ideas and hand them off to creative/humorous types as a challenge to see who can create these fantastical things

    twothreebravotwothreebravoPred dnevom
  • ok but did the UK have *any* space program? cuz that'd be one I'd like to hear, I know so little about other countries' space programs besides the US and China...

    LyarrahLyarrahPred 2 dnevi
  • That an ai can give you good ideas that says something about your standards (and yes I get that im still watching it so I guess I can't say much)

    Nnif Boots47Nnif Boots47Pred 2 dnevi
  • 7:15 good timed car

    AbstraxxtAbstraxxtPred 2 dnevi
  • Perhaps the word you’re look my for is Anemoia. Not sure that’s spelled right but in the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows this defined as nostalgia for a time you weren’t a part of.

    pantsOptionalpantsOptionalPred 2 dnevi
  • You should make a video about randomness and how computers are really bad at it.

    Joshua GilpatrickJoshua GilpatrickPred 2 dnevi
  • 4:48 potential SCP stories?

    M&MM&MPred 2 dnevi
  • Funfact: This whole video is actually the AI generated script and the prompt was "Please create a script for a video about me being out of ideas for a video and asking AI to help me come up with ideas titled "I asked an AI for video ideas, and they were actually good"".

    MagnusMagnusPred 2 dnevi
  • The car around 7:30 was perfect

    Henry N. WhiteHenry N. WhitePred 2 dnevi
  • grian?

    A_HipposharkA_HipposharkPred 2 dnevi
  • Only Tom Scott can make a lack of content some of the best content on this site

    AMRoseAMRosePred 2 dnevi
  • 6:00 you can lie. This is all TRUE. I saw it on SLworlds, and the host seemed quite legit.

    CHAOSbergCHAOSbergPred 2 dnevi