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 Scott

    Prije mjesec

    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.

    • A J

      A J

      Prije dan

      The British road that's also a boat- sounds like a ferry that's part of the motorway system. We have a few in the US and Canada.

    • TheCatGoesRawr


      Prije 8 dana

      Best of luck

    • Allen DeWitt

      Allen DeWitt

      Prije 13 dana

      Tom, Nostalgia for a thing that never existed is what Vaporwave is.

    • thornofnight


      Prije 18 dana

      Anemoia is almost a good enough word for "nostalgia for a thing that never existed" because if it has never existed, then one can certainly have nostalgia for that thing they never experienced.

    • Articulated


      Prije 18 dana

      Hey Tom, there's a town in South Devon called Decoy. There is a local legend that it was built specifically to convince the Luftwaffe to drop bombs on them instead of Plymouth. I was always skeptical, but could be worth a look!

  2. multiple spiders

    multiple spiders

    Prije 5 sati

    Kirby’s Dreamland looks different than i remember...

  3. Clarence Innes

    Clarence Innes

    Prije 5 sati


  4. David Tabner

    David Tabner

    Prije 13 sati

    Of course "The Long Forgotten History of the British Moon Landings" isn't possible. But that is because it's not that they're forgotten, we just don't talk about them; to avoid upsetting the Yanks who arrived a decade later than us and only visited a few times. Greetings from Ipswich-in-Crater, The Moon. How is life on Earth these days?

  5. Talitha Jane White

    Talitha Jane White

    Prije 16 sati

    Gaelic has the word you need! 'Cianalas'- a Scottish Gaelic word that means nostalgia for something that doesn't really exist outside your own imagination/memories...

  6. Cptn. Viridian

    Cptn. Viridian

    Prije 18 sati

    2:20 Well actually, I'm not sure about in britain, but I know a major highway in Alaska actually has part of it's run only passable by ferry, as in the path that route takes goes right over the ferry, so that is almost a valid title IMO

  7. H Arz

    H Arz

    Prije 19 sati

    The feeling of Nostalgia about something that didn't exist is something I know from listening to Synthwave.

  8. Hriday


    Prije 19 sati

    1:38 Why does that thousand sound like it's in more of an Irish accent than usual? I think it's Irish, at least - if it isn't, it is some kind of accent from Britain.

  9. Laura


    Prije 19 sati

    Hahahahahaha I love "The beach where you can hear the sea." If nothing else, this AI could produce top tier shitposting.

  10. Alex Parry

    Alex Parry

    Prije 20 sati

    surely a landslide is a cliff refusing to be a cliff

  11. miketreehouse


    Prije 20 sati

    The Failed Bomb Plot Pidgeon was the result of a military coo...

  12. Poppi


    Prije 20 sati

    Would like a video about those post railways!

  13. Mathew Stormblessed

    Mathew Stormblessed

    Prije dan

    These are all doctor who episode ideas

  14. Hexmonkey 2020

    Hexmonkey 2020

    Prije dan

    Someone should make an AI to realize patterns in text and see if it’s written by an AI

  15. Westley Blakeslee

    Westley Blakeslee

    Prije dan

    At least the AI thinks you just want to make the world a better place

  16. Waggsmith YTP

    Waggsmith YTP

    Prije dan

    Kirby’s Dream Land!

  17. Egelik22


    Prije dan

    2:20 I can actually imagine a boat with a road on it designed to be "portable bridge" for low infrastructure places with water streams.

  18. White Wizard

    White Wizard

    Prije dan

    Wigan Pier is also in Wigan on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. I never knew about the Westmidlands wigan pier project though so thankyou.

  19. Super Pandas

    Super Pandas

    Prije dan

    Hey, if your reading this Tom, I have a video idea. You could do another video like the jingle bell one, asking for childhood rhymes, and go through them all. I would find that interesting.

  20. Rin Callinen

    Rin Callinen

    Prije dan

    5:05 I just want to appreciate this specific art. It’s my favorite out of the ones here.

  21. Trey Bolick

    Trey Bolick

    Prije dan

    That is incredible, but you went with the communist utopia instead of the floating mountain??

  22. EraseDiskNow


    Prije dan

    I mean, you could always use those fictional things as videos for April Fool's Day.

  23. Paul Anand

    Paul Anand

    Prije dan

    You speak too fast. Speak slow and get people to actually see all your videos completely.

  24. Lawrence Calablaster

    Lawrence Calablaster

    Prije dan

    The real question is, in which of these hypothetical worlds do Marcel & Judith Kebakko live?

  25. No-Feet McGee

    No-Feet McGee

    Prije dan

    Let's double-layer this Turing test: can a human come up with Tom Scott video titles that sound like they were created by a (relatively advanced, like GPT-3) AI? Here's my attempt: "I Asked 45,268 People to Steal My Identity" "The Polish City That's Slowly Floating Away" "I Am Not a Toaster" "Isaac Newton's Secret Ant Farm" "Why I Can't Upload this Video" "Don't Shoot a Mountain with a BB Gun" "The Assassination of Jerry the Mailman: Debunked" Add your own!

  26. jcxz


    Prije dan

    "Nostalgia for a thing that never existed" That would be Historicism. And there are plenty of books and lectures about that very specific way of messing up your entire world view.

  27. Fuzzy Images

    Fuzzy Images

    Prije dan

    I kinda wish I could get an AI to write some scripts for me. I'm terrible at getting scripts out, and honestly think it would be humorously on theme for my channel...

  28. Max Crawshaw

    Max Crawshaw

    Prije dan

    My great great grandad was captain of the RRS discovery

  29. Gabriele V.

    Gabriele V.

    Prije dan


  30. Gabriele V.

    Gabriele V.

    Prije dan

    2:44 Tom, please, DON'T give Clarkson, Hammond and May these ideas, they might take them too seriously

  31. FalBΨFGRSΩ


    Prije 2 dana

    Kirby's Dream sounds like a good nintendo title- oh wait, Kirby's Dreamland, right.

  32. Jeremy Hicks

    Jeremy Hicks

    Prije 2 dana

    Yikes that AI is scary good at writing.

  33. PotatoKiin 712

    PotatoKiin 712

    Prije 2 dana

    you should make a new Matt and Tom video

  34. Visiblur


    Prije 2 dana

    You've got plenty of April's fool videos though

  35. Hector Mugwump

    Hector Mugwump

    Prije 2 dana

    @7:08 Did Tom *finally* have good luck with traffic passing during filming??

    • Hector Mugwump

      Hector Mugwump

      Prije 2 dana

      I really want to believe it

  36. Mark Reynolds

    Mark Reynolds

    Prije 3 dana

    Sounds like the Roald Dahl story: The Great Automatic Gammatisator.

  37. Clamhead


    Prije 3 dana

    anemoia means nostalgia for a thing you haven't/cannot experience

  38. Erilobar


    Prije 3 dana

    'The british road that is also a boat' ... sir, that is an aircraft carrier.

  39. M4R1U2


    Prije 3 dana

    I think ur Chanel is about usless, interessting and nerdy stuff just "ok now i know this But... What I have to Do with this Informationen."

  40. jakelune


    Prije 3 dana

    anemoia - longing for or nostalgia for a place you have never been.

  41. Merlyn Cooper

    Merlyn Cooper

    Prije 3 dana

    In Welsh the word you need for that feeling of nostalgia is "Hiraeth"

  42. not here anymore

    not here anymore

    Prije 3 dana


  43. Sacklippe O__O

    Sacklippe O__O

    Prije 4 dana

    Dont wanna be ruff but you seem to get kinda old

  44. Josh Hickman

    Josh Hickman

    Prije 4 dana

    British road that is also a boat -- I mean, drive-on ferries (and, arguably, aircraft carriers). Maybe not as nonsensical as it seems.

  45. Heidi Bird Music

    Heidi Bird Music

    Prije 4 dana

    Omg, it's adorable that you asked the AI using "please" at the start of your request. You are definitely one of the few people who are going to survive the techno-apocalypse because you showed the machines respect from the start. EDIT: and then this took a scary and sinister turn when you mentioned the possibility of AI generating customer reviews etc...

  46. Tony Pang

    Tony Pang

    Prije 4 dana

    Don't know about AI, but HRgreen's algorithm decided I might be interested in a video from someone called Tom Scott. A couple weeks later, and I've lost count how many videos I've now watched from his channel.

  47. Sokar12345


    Prije 5 dana

    ai like that combined with the advancements in deepfake technology will make for an interesting future where nothing is real and no one can be trusted.

  48. HMC


    Prije 5 dana

    Cliffs that have shore to the oceans are actually refusing to be cliffs they keep collapsing constantly

  49. Kevin Snel

    Kevin Snel

    Prije 5 dana

    i wonder what'll happen if you'd give the bible to this AI and make it continue to write

  50. Duy Khang

    Duy Khang

    Prije 5 dana

    5:25 Mandela effect

  51. Myriads Feynman

    Myriads Feynman

    Prije 5 dana

    "The White Cube at the End of the World" omg I want to watch it! ...Or read it! ...Or listen to it! ...Or play it! Not sure what it may be so I'm not sure what verb I should put there, but I surely want to.

  52. CalebOfKartin


    Prije 6 dana

    When cars pass,bit sounds like someone entering a nether portal

  53. riloe


    Prije 6 dana

    I very well might start making a youtube channel comprised solely of Tom Scott-esque videos in which all the information presented is completely made up. Is that immoral, or funny?

  54. xproot


    Prije 6 dana


  55. Cherry Mosley

    Cherry Mosley

    Prije 6 dana

    Just subscribed

  56. SmallWeinerSteve


    Prije 6 dana

    i would love to see Tom monologues an anime-uesqe video about the white cube at the end of the world omg

  57. mystwork


    Prije 6 dana

    Tom Scott / Scarfolk Council crossover when!?

  58. red apple one

    red apple one

    Prije 7 dana

    *the cliff that refuses to be a cliff*

  59. Absolute Pineapple Studios

    Absolute Pineapple Studios

    Prije 7 dana

    *T’noight on Jeremy Clarkson’s Lottery of Death*

  60. GPAngel


    Prije 8 dana

    That script sounded so good you could just upload that and I'd believe you

  61. Ajc 7575

    Ajc 7575

    Prije 8 dana

    Only a Brit would ask an AI to do something using please

  62. Ajc 7575

    Ajc 7575

    Prije 8 dana

    Wait so does it take actual stuff from the web and style a title in a Tom Scott kinda way

  63. Penguin Imp the Insane

    Penguin Imp the Insane

    Prije 8 dana

    So whatever *did* happen to be the video name it gave you hadn't put out at the time. Has it been since?

    • ZakFR


      Prije 6 dana

      The video has been uploaded, it's the one titled "Why No-One Will Save Covehithe, The Village That Will Soon Crumble Into The Sea", if you haven't found it yet

  64. Mike ingrum

    Mike ingrum

    Prije 8 dana

    I would love some of those not real stories! You should make a second channel devoted to it.

  65. TheCatGoesRawr


    Prije 8 dana

    Is it just me or does "rhe white cube at the end of the world" make anyone else think of the "Ice cube project"... I think that is what it is called... I think they were trying to find out more about Neutrinos? Likely not a video option. But really interesting and worth reading into in my opinion

  66. Mambe


    Prije 8 dana

    The beach where you can hear the sea XD

  67. Matt B

    Matt B

    Prije 8 dana

    Lofthouse is about 30 minutes away from a village which was fully submerged following the building of Thruscross Reservoir, so the AI got so very close to being right

  68. Matheus Schaefer

    Matheus Schaefer

    Prije 8 dana

    Jeremy Clarkson's lottery of death is something I want to see (also, Clarkson must be a great source of material for AIs). And I'd love to read the script for British Moon landings as well, because why Britain should stop at Earth when could conquer the universe?

  69. sophia s

    sophia s

    Prije 8 dana

    i feel like nostalgia for something you’ve never experienced is just... a wish??

  70. Little Speck

    Little Speck

    Prije 8 dana

    There actually is a word for nostalgia for something that’s never existed! It’s anemoia

  71. Brindle Style

    Brindle Style

    Prije 8 dana

    anything worth doing once is worth doing twice

  72. Wensleydale


    Prije 8 dana

    I will give up my left lung to watch Jeremy Clarkson’s Lottery of Death

  73. An Account That Exists For Reasons

    An Account That Exists For Reasons

    Prije 9 dana

    "The Dream of a Russian Utopia in East Yorkshire" Had be wheezing, lmao-

  74. Marjohn's Musings

    Marjohn's Musings

    Prije 9 dana

    That was fun

  75. Flynn Sloan

    Flynn Sloan

    Prije 9 dana

    Those untrue ones are almost all SCP ideas...

  76. Alan Burns

    Alan Burns

    Prije 9 dana

    I need a fictional Tom Scott universe channel.

  77. Deez Nuts

    Deez Nuts

    Prije 9 dana

    The cliff that refuses to be a cliff Huh I swear you just uploaded that video

  78. Ciro García

    Ciro García

    Prije 9 dana

    Animated Tom Scott looks like Grian

  79. floooooooooooooooood


    Prije 9 dana

    I want to see the cliff that refuses to be a cliff.

  80. Renan Andrade dos santos

    Renan Andrade dos santos

    Prije 10 dana


  81. Lloyd Davies

    Lloyd Davies

    Prije 10 dana

    I’m from Aberfan, good shout not doing that one, very depressing

    • Lloyd Davies

      Lloyd Davies

      Prije 10 dana

      Also it’s funny you said you don’t think there’s a word for nostalgia for something that doesn’t exist, but actually in welsh there’s this word, ‘hiraeth’, which doesn’t translate, but sort of means a longing to go back to either wales, or a place/time that doesn’t exist!

  82. starterpack7.3


    Prije 10 dana

    “The cliff that refuses to be a cliff” would be a great video explaining a geological terminology error made in 1963 that has never been corrected

  83. Iron Fist Dragon

    Iron Fist Dragon

    Prije 10 dana

    the traffic on that road has perfect timing

  84. SAU


    Prije 10 dana

    Dude I love dungeon So stories and this reminds me of that.

  85. Adam Navigato

    Adam Navigato

    Prije 10 dana

    I wish you had hit the “write script” button on Jeremy Clarkson’s Lottery of Death

  86. Blue Loft Beast

    Blue Loft Beast

    Prije 11 dana

    i heard the failed bomb plot pigeon and choked on my water

  87. Water Sheep

    Water Sheep

    Prije 11 dana

    I demand to see the cliff that refuses to be a cliff

  88. DaBeast34


    Prije 11 dana

    Cool drawings

  89. Ru Ok

    Ru Ok

    Prije 11 dana

    now give the AI the title "faeces"

  90. TVK - TheVeganKnight

    TVK - TheVeganKnight

    Prije 11 dana


  91. Boglenight


    Prije 12 dana

    “The cliff that refuses to be a cliff” There are so many great reinforced cliffs out there. If a cliff needs to be reinforced multiple times it could be said that it’s refusing to be a cliff.

  92. Nathan Adler

    Nathan Adler

    Prije 12 dana

    the face in the thumbnail tho

  93. Bandito Donburrito

    Bandito Donburrito

    Prije 12 dana

    Whats the deal with green, Green Death and Green in the batman smells vid

  94. Johanthan Romero

    Johanthan Romero

    Prije 12 dana

    5:22 Thats just called the Mandela Effect

  95. 🎢 ZarStocher

    🎢 ZarStocher

    Prije 12 dana

    "The white cube at the end of the world" broke me xDDD

  96. Veggieoskibroski


    Prije 13 dana

    Just a RANDOM question: If an AI built something, who does it belong to? The creator of the AI, or the person who placed in the details that the content the AI generates is based off of?

  97. kayf


    Prije 13 dana

    Plot Twist: The AI came up with this title and the script.

  98. Javier Fito

    Javier Fito

    Prije 13 dana

    AI Title generator: "I asked an AI for video ideas, and they were actually good" Tom: What? AI Title generator: What?

  99. Skrollz


    Prije 13 dana

    I actually enjoyed this video so much that I came back a month later to watch it again and chuckle a bit

  100. JMUDoc


    Prije 13 dana

    I think one of the titles was supposed to have been "The Beach - Where You Can Hear the Sea."