I asked an AI for video ideas, and they were actually good
Tom Scott
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: 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.

    • David Beddard
      David Beddard

      Apparently the official Time Team ISnets 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

      17k like :D

    • Rhys B
      Rhys B

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

    • PX

      Whoah, I'm gonna need a full video on that amazing beach and the sounds it makes.

    • sneekmatrix

      Can you do a video on the HMS Resolution?

  • Samuel Caster
    Samuel Caster

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

  • Tiny Lord
    Tiny Lord

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  • Inverted Games
    Inverted Games

    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

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

  • Hardwick6818

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


    "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 Wong

    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 Kelly

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

  • The Everbind
    The Everbind

    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

    How bout you do a chanel just for these videos 🤔

  • TerranStriker

    Rasberry Pi?

  • DanceSeek

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

  • Matt Gie
    Matt Gie

    I think just: "wow"

  • Pr1tce

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

  • LodanSD

    whatever happened to Cray Research?

  • Pyagrl*16

    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 Fadhlurrahman

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

  • moroni

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

  • kennomini

    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 Extra

    Shill Channel.

  • [SR] CC
    [SR] CC

    Tell me more about this road boat...

  • bofooit gojo
    bofooit gojo

    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

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

  • Max K
    Max K

    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

      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

    We flew a kite in a public place

  • Carlos Furtado
    Carlos Furtado

    Nice movie ideas!

  • boasome1 SSS RADIO
    boasome1 SSS RADIO

    nostalgia for a thing that you never experianced is called anemoia

  • Owen Gallo
    Owen Gallo

    was this video the AIs idea?

  • Over_Complicated

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

  • Kirbo

    6:19 Poyo?

  • Memnarch

    Kirby's Dream...Land?

  • Memnarch

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

  • Pierre Reynaud
    Pierre Reynaud

    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 Kray

    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 Beachside

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

  • paulocarmonava

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

  • kevmv1

    We now know how news is written

  • Jay Dee
    Jay Dee

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

  • KoudeZuurkool

    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 Sulas

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

  • Undercooked Potato_PL
    Undercooked Potato_PL

    when you relize this is an idea for a film

  • A Gilby
    A Gilby

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

  • Ranthony

    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 B

    All the animated ones are SCPs

  • Magneto sphere
    Magneto sphere

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

  • TheMightyKinkle

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

  • SomeIntrovert

    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 Chapman


  • ExaltedDuck

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

  • Maher Hayek
    Maher Hayek

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

  • quintopia

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

  • mody osman
    mody osman

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

  • ThePolarPals

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

  • Fiyaaah

    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 Bako

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

  • Commandant100

    Do a video on earth 2 and Ponzi schemes

  • Funny Farmer
    Funny Farmer

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

  • Max Hülle
    Max Hülle

    Now use it to find a word fitting to describe videos

  • Valentijn Snelder
    Valentijn Snelder

    I would love to see a vertical mountain someday

  • Sonic Metal
    Sonic Metal

    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 m

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

  • Emizul kamarul arifin
    Emizul kamarul arifin

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

  • Dominic Lowe
    Dominic Lowe

    I’m terrified this was all cgi

  • mean darroni
    mean darroni

    Ahh the "moon landing" 🤭

  • May The Fool
    May The Fool

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

  • Leonardo Gabriel
    Leonardo Gabriel

    can it write my thesis?

  • US News Fanboy
    US News Fanboy

    I imagine that a cliff that refuses to be a cliff are just some big, stone stairs

  • iaw02

    So interesting! Thank you

  • G Almqvist
    G Almqvist

    Nice to get the car while you put up the graf, felt like a sound effect.

  • MajinHurricane

    harbour air! we have 2 of them. one next to yvr and one in coal harbour.

  • Thorfinn Matthews-Gill
    Thorfinn Matthews-Gill

    Personally I would really enjoy a video on the new river👍🏼

  • GingerLBC

    Wigan Pier, the west midlands?

  • Rex Baird
    Rex Baird

    sounds like it's reading movie memes? but wait what did the CIA DO???

  • The Verdicts
    The Verdicts

    The Green Death actually is an episode of Jon Pertwee era Doctor Who hahahaha

  • Albert Brown
    Albert Brown

    Actually Tom, you probly wouldn't have a job anymore

  • Jax Jax
    Jax Jax

    You said all the words about AI in the right way. Its a shame that all the people won't gain their understanding about AI from you :(

  • DALEK_77 YT
    DALEK_77 YT

    6:19 Nintendo: Strike that down, Strike that down!!

  • Chaos Corner
    Chaos Corner

    I think some of those "not real" ones may be realer than you think. The Russian Utopia might be a progressive commune, for example.

  • Chris M
    Chris M

    The strange white cube at the end of the world would be an awesome project. Try and get OpenAI + ISnets to sponsor an arctic expedition to build a giant cube (and let me come too).

  • ShadowVipers

    TBH that postal railway sounds kinda interesting to me.

  • Fredrick Quimby
    Fredrick Quimby

    I've been to Oxford and that light is real!

  • moss man
    moss man

    this is terrifying

  • raymondscat

    AI is faintly disturbing.

  • Aidan Williams
    Aidan Williams

    When did Wigan Pier move to West Midlands Its in the North West on Leeds Liverpool Canal

  • James Cordery
    James Cordery

    Wonder if the IceCube Neutrino detector in Antarctica had some bearing on the 'white cube at the end of the world' suggestion?

  • mbaxter22

    Let's be honest: “Jeremy Clarkson’a lottery of Death” is the show we all want to see.

  • Timothy Madden
    Timothy Madden

    Tom, please make a series of videos, the quick but thorough dives that you do so well, into British culture aimed at explaining them to Americans. Start with the meerkat, please.

  • M I
    M I

    "The British road that is also a boat" Big pontoon bridge energy, there. I think Norway also worked on a floating highway...

  • ZX Spectrum Hotel
    ZX Spectrum Hotel

    I dream of East Yorkshire. It it any good?

  • Michael

    Plot twist: This is another computer science video in disguise.

  • Alma Chizit
    Alma Chizit

    "The Dream of a Russian Utopia in East Yorkshire" somebody needs to make this happen please I'm begging

  • Fragenzeichenplatte

    Anemoia: Nostalgia For A Time You’ve Never Known From the channel: Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

  • Pouk 3D
    Pouk 3D

    Nostalgia for things that never existed (or more precise never happened to you) is something I read more often than I'd think.

  • edward foulds
    edward foulds

    Can we get the script for Clarkson's death lottery?

  • Anaterka

    the green death could be about green arsenic dye. then it wouldn't be nonsensical

  • I Eat Garbage
    I Eat Garbage

    gpt is an scp

  • Isaac McManus
    Isaac McManus

    The word you are looking for is Hiraeth, it is a Welsh loan word and is nostalgia for something you have never experienced.

  • unbothered kai
    unbothered kai

    “The Green Death of the Industrial Revolution” will now be the title of a book I’m going write, and it’s about how mother nature takes back the earth, and Humans progressed back into farming

  • Linux Gaming in FullHD 60FPS
    Linux Gaming in FullHD 60FPS

    That's what we call dreaming. We all the SPT-3 like thing embedded in us and personalized to our experience.