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

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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: eddie_corg
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  1. Tom Scott
    Tom Scott
    个月 前

    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.

    1. TheCatGoesRawr
      2 天 前

      Best of luck

    2. Allen DeWitt
      Allen DeWitt
      7 天 前

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

    3. thornofnight
      12 天 前

      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.

    4. Articulated
      12 天 前

      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!

    5. Mutant Mutant
      Mutant Mutant
      19 天 前


  2. Kevin Snel
    Kevin Snel
    3 小时 前

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

  3. Duy Khang
    Duy Khang
    3 小时 前

    5:25 Mandela effect

  4. Myriads Feynman
    Myriads Feynman
    3 小时 前

    "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.

  5. CalebOfKartin
    13 小时 前

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

  6. riloe
    13 小时 前

    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?

  7. xproot
    15 小时 前


  8. Cherry Mosley
    Cherry Mosley
    18 小时 前

    Just subscribed

  9. chOLEsterin
    18 小时 前

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

  10. mystwork
    21 小时 前

    Tom Scott / Scarfolk Council crossover when!?

  11. red apple one
    red apple one
    天 前

    *the cliff that refuses to be a cliff*

  12. Absolute Pineapple Studios
    Absolute Pineapple Studios
    2 天 前

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

  13. GPAngel
    2 天 前

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

  14. Ajc 7575
    Ajc 7575
    2 天 前

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

  15. Ajc 7575
    Ajc 7575
    2 天 前

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

  16. Penguin Imp the Insane
    Penguin Imp the Insane
    2 天 前

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

    1. ZakFR
      14 小时 前

      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

  17. Mike ingrum
    Mike ingrum
    2 天 前

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

  18. TheCatGoesRawr
    2 天 前

    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

  19. BMambeE 123
    BMambeE 123
    2 天 前

    The beach where you can hear the sea XD

  20. Matt B
    Matt B
    2 天 前

    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

  21. Matheus Schaefer
    Matheus Schaefer
    2 天 前

    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?

  22. sophia s
    sophia s
    2 天 前

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

  23. Little Speck
    Little Speck
    2 天 前

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

  24. Brindle Style
    Brindle Style
    3 天 前

    anything worth doing once is worth doing twice

  25. Wensleydale
    3 天 前

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

  26. An Account That Exists For Reasons
    An Account That Exists For Reasons
    3 天 前

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

  27. Marjohn's Musings
    Marjohn's Musings
    3 天 前

    That was fun

  28. Flynn Sloan
    Flynn Sloan
    3 天 前

    Those untrue ones are almost all SCP ideas...

  29. Alan Burns
    Alan Burns
    3 天 前

    I need a fictional Tom Scott universe channel.

  30. Deez Nuts
    Deez Nuts
    3 天 前

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

  31. Ciro García
    Ciro García
    3 天 前

    Animated Tom Scott looks like Grian

  32. floooooooooooooooood
    3 天 前

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

  33. Renan Andrade dos santos
    Renan Andrade dos santos
    4 天 前


  34. Lloyd Davies
    Lloyd Davies
    4 天 前

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

    1. Lloyd Davies
      Lloyd Davies
      4 天 前

      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!

  35. starterpack7.3
    4 天 前

    “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

  36. Iron Fist Dragon
    Iron Fist Dragon
    4 天 前

    the traffic on that road has perfect timing

  37. SAU
    4 天 前

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

  38. Adam Navigato
    Adam Navigato
    5 天 前

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

  39. Blue Loft Beast
    Blue Loft Beast
    5 天 前

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

  40. Water Sheep
    Water Sheep
    5 天 前

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

  41. DaBeast34
    6 天 前

    Cool drawings

  42. Ru Ok
    Ru Ok
    6 天 前

    now give the AI the title "faeces"

  43. TVK - TheVeganKnight
    TVK - TheVeganKnight
    6 天 前


  44. Boglenight
    6 天 前

    “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.

  45. Nathan Adler
    Nathan Adler
    6 天 前

    the face in the thumbnail tho

  46. Bandito Donburrito
    Bandito Donburrito
    6 天 前

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

  47. Johanthan Romero
    Johanthan Romero
    7 天 前

    5:22 Thats just called the Mandela Effect

  48. 🎢 ZarStocher
    🎢 ZarStocher
    7 天 前

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

  49. Veggieoskibroski
    7 天 前

    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?

  50. kayf
    7 天 前

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

  51. Javier Fito
    Javier Fito
    7 天 前

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

  52. Skrollz
    8 天 前

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

  53. JMUDoc
    8 天 前

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

  54. sauved0
    8 天 前

    It's like a spaceship for sharks...

  55. A real Human
    A real Human
    8 天 前

    You know you’re hitting rock bottom when you start to ask an ai for advice

  56. Twentydragon
    8 天 前

    Only Tom Scott could turn "I'm out of ideas" into an intriguing video.

  57. Qyda
    8 天 前

    I really do want a Russian utopia in Yorkshire

  58. J Lawrence Buell iv
    J Lawrence Buell iv
    9 天 前

    Regarding "The British Road That Is Also A Boat", I direct your attention to the SS Badger, a ferry in the US between Ludington, MI and Manitowoc, WI that is officially a part of highway US 10.

  59. Furkan10ky
    9 天 前

    When you don't know a video idea, you just make a video about video ideas. Seems about alright.

  60. Redcharcoalaz
    9 天 前

    2:19 this one sounds like a proper vid actually

  61. { saturn's rings }
    { saturn's rings }
    9 天 前

    "The Cliff That Refuses to Be A Cliff" honestly does sound like a Tom Scott video hahahaha

    1. Jeffrey Zheng
      Jeffrey Zheng
      8 天 前

      It sounds more like Half As Interesting

  62. Sam Valladares
    Sam Valladares
    9 天 前

    The next 50 years are gonna be weird and exciting!

  63. Curllum
    9 天 前

    Plot twist: The AI is from an alternate universe which is why it had prompts for things that don’t exist, it is slowly creating a portal for the universe it came from and by telling prompts of things from that universe, once it has told enough alternate universe prompts, a portal will open and the alternate universe will take over our universe

  64. Paul K
    Paul K
    9 天 前


  65. Adam Radford
    Adam Radford
    9 天 前

    I love how you double check that Lofthouse was still there at the end

  66. Gangle Man
    Gangle Man
    9 天 前

    "Kirby's Dream" may have come from the snes game "Kirby's Dream Course"

  67. Rohan Industries
    Rohan Industries
    9 天 前

    Why don't you work with the animator and make "The Tales from the AI" and make some of the 'odd' ideas.

  68. kayakr17
    9 天 前

    I know it's cloudy in Britain all the time, but the strange light up there is called the sun. It's been up there for several decades at this point.

  69. Frankie Sparkes
    Frankie Sparkes
    10 天 前

    "The cliff that refuses to be a cliff." Cliff Richard?

  70. Claiming Light
    Claiming Light
    10 天 前

    A cool parlour trick. But without understanding what the words mean, it can't look for truth in meaning. We're no closer to synthetic intelligence than we ever were. This is just another chatbot.

  71. KAY B 14
    KAY B 14
    10 天 前

    the format right for this chanel? "Tom Scott talks for about 5 to 10 minutes".

  72. Fabian A.
    Fabian A.
    10 天 前

    does sea air affect medical equipment?

  73. Chig Bungus
    Chig Bungus
    10 天 前

    ‘Jeremy Clarkson’s Lottery of Death’ gives me ‘Danny Dyer’s Chocolate Homunculus’ vibes.

  74. Mr. Doctor
    Mr. Doctor
    10 天 前

    “The Long Forgotten History of the British Moon Landings” ...ouch

  75. Lonely Loner
    Lonely Loner
    10 天 前

    these are less video ideas and more a list of homebrew dnd warlock patrons.

  76. Some Asian Dude
    Some Asian Dude
    10 天 前

    how the onion generates ideas

  77. First Last
    First Last
    10 天 前

    7:13 That car passed at a really perfect moment.

  78. Peter Falconer
    Peter Falconer
    10 天 前

    As an artist who creates parafictional histories, I'm delighted to see that AI might be coming for my job, too. It's nice to feel included.

  79. Frances Marsh
    Frances Marsh
    10 天 前

    Not the point at all lmao, but wigan is in greater manchester which is in the north-west, not the west midlands

  80. El Xabi de Siempre
    El Xabi de Siempre
    10 天 前

    Catch a sugar cube, put it in antarctica The white cube at the end if the world

  81. Rimothy Logbone
    Rimothy Logbone
    10 天 前

    5:20 Notstalgia?

  82. Chris_M1014
    10 天 前

    AI is getting scarily smart.

  83. Ryan Seacrest
    Ryan Seacrest
    11 天 前

    post office railway? hello i am interested

  84. Shut Up
    Shut Up
    11 天 前

    7:17 the sound of the car matches perfectly with the uprising gesture Tom made. nice

  85. Reece Batts
    Reece Batts
    11 天 前

    I can imagine eventually that the whole youtube process could be entirely automated by AI, finding video ideas, generating a script, creating an animation. Its very possible for something like that to happen, which is quite a scary thought...

  86. Braden Stone
    Braden Stone
    11 天 前

    The airport where you can see planes

  87. dhava
    12 天 前

    What I'd do to get my hands on it

  88. Stop Dying
    Stop Dying
    12 天 前

    You can actually make a religion out of that.

  89. Alfons Muhs
    Alfons Muhs
    12 天 前

    Give the AI books and we can read a new ending.... Or the ending from got so we dont have to wait

  90. Ezio133798
    12 天 前

    2:54 Oh wow, that's actually quite accurate, coming from someone who knows the area. Edit: Damn, there's some good ones in here. The Village That Was Saved By Synchronised Traffic Lights: Sounds like any village, on any given day honestly. Cars can cause some havoc if the traffic lights stop displaying what they should. The White Cube At The End Of The World: Huh. So, an ice cube? Maybe a sugar cube? Sounds like the beginning of a sci fi film to me. The Sanity-Defying Crossroads on the Isle Of Skye: Who the hell can figure out how crossroads work anyway, right? I'd say just use GPS, but that explains what makes it so sanity-defying. How a Secret Gadget in The Beam of The Olympic Stadium Helped Deliver Britain's Medals: What, are aliens beaming down Olympic medals now? The Long Forgotten History of the British Moon Landings: Huh. It's right, I certainly don't remember the Brits ever landing on the moon. Seems like something that I would remember... The Island With a Gravity Defying Vertical Mountain: I love that it has to specify that the mountain is vertical. As if there's any doubt that the mountain isn't somehow on its side. Honestly, THAT would be more gravity defying. The Strange Light That Floats Over Oxfordshire: The sun? Maybe the moon? I dunno, a street lamp? The Lost Village of Lofthouse That's Now Invisible: Explains how we managed to lose it. Are we sure it didn't just get demolished and the owner's in denial? The Dream of a Russian Utopia in East Yorkshire: The only thing fictional about this story is the fact that the Russians haven't been able to make it happen yet.

  91. Ezio133798
    12 天 前

    "I asked an AI for video ideas, and they were unexpectedly good, and instead of using the great ideas that the AI came up with, I'm going to put the suggestions themselves just because."

  92. Yeetus Deleteus
    Yeetus Deleteus
    12 天 前

    dang i want to watch those

  93. Ben Buckley Productions
    Ben Buckley Productions
    12 天 前

    The changing slope of graph at 7:15 matches the changing volume of the car zooming by.

  94. Xob
    13 天 前

    Fun fact: This is Tom Scott's 600th video

  95. Owen is Awesome
    Owen is Awesome
    13 天 前

    If there was actually a family named "Kirby," they would have been waiting day and night for a chance to name something "Kirby's Dream," although obviously not in the 1800s.

  96. Жук Обычниик
    Жук Обычниик
    13 天 前

    Looking like Grian

  97. arm
    13 天 前

    Come to India and make video on ""Bhopal gas leak accident ""

  98. Tactix
    13 天 前

    That interview the A.I. generated is eerie af

  99. Riley Carpenter
    Riley Carpenter
    13 天 前


  100. Zottel
    13 天 前

    "The beach where you can hear the sea" is definitely a Tom Scott video. I refuse to believe that that is not a Tom Scott video.