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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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: eddie_corg
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Feb 22, 2021




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Tom Scott
Tom Scott 8 days ago
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 12 hours ago
@Doctor Mari-who Scom Tott
M8 N8
M8 N8 Day ago
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..
8192 Day ago
@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!
@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 33 minutes ago
This ai is probably the mastermind behind half as interesting
Lieselotte Aya
Lieselotte Aya 40 minutes ago
"Nostalgia for a thing that never existed" is called conservatism
Benevolent Hour ago
If the AI ever suggested the title of this video... is...would that pass the Turing test, or is that a fluke?
TommyWashow Hour ago
hypnospace outlaw - nostalgia for something that never existed
Drackar 2 hours ago
Some few of those are things that might come. They might exist... Ten years from now.
Neaox 2 hours ago
Google tells me that 'wistful' might be the world you're looking for when you mention nostalgia.
Anodyne Melody
Anodyne Melody 2 hours ago
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.
6:45 there never was a failed russian utopia yet...
LJCyrus1 2 hours ago
Might "The Cliff that refuses to be a Cliff" simply be someone who's named Cliff trying to change their legal name?
Plumjet09 2 hours ago
Half of these sounds like SCPs
L'éclair 3 hours ago
you know what would've made this video great? if we found out that this video was suggested by an ai.
SlopedOtter 3 hours ago
The best part of current gen AI is that it is absolutely hilarious, even when it works
owenmp4 3 hours ago
and I thought creative takeover was a while down the line
Imagine Kudryavka
Imagine Kudryavka 4 hours ago
"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 4 hours ago
There WAS a white square of ice in Antarctica
M 4 hours ago
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 4 hours ago
"The White Cube at the End of the World" sounds like a rejected Exurb1a video
NoodleBomber 4 hours ago
Anyone know where I can rent Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death?
smokey notifier
smokey notifier 4 hours ago
RogueBeats 5 hours ago
Plot Twist: these videos are real in a parallel universe wich the AI connects to.
Catunyti.6 .4
Catunyti.6 .4 5 hours ago
Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death
Atomicwinter 31
Atomicwinter 31 5 hours ago
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 5 hours ago
You should've had the AI write the script in this video
GalaxyGal040-15 6 hours ago
I really wanna learn about Jeremy Clarkson's lottery of death now
Christopher Birnbaum
feelin existential dread from this for some reason
ghostboy1225 7 hours ago
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 7 hours ago
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 8 hours ago
I can't believe I wasn't subscribed... Well, I'm now I guess
kackers 8 hours ago
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 8 hours ago
Aaron Long
Aaron Long 8 hours ago
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 8 hours ago
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
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 9 hours ago
Also, this is why we need critical thinking and to look for sources.
Daniel Budney
Daniel Budney 9 hours ago
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 9 hours ago
Nostalgia for a thing that never existed: Resonance - Home
Dekko22 9 hours ago
are you boxing yourself in with "what works"
Eric Bennett
Eric Bennett 9 hours ago
GPT-3 access gang
Kris Dreemurr
Kris Dreemurr 9 hours ago
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 10 hours ago
haha britain colonize moon
Sky Bug
Sky Bug 10 hours ago
wait Tom the word is just fantasy 😭
AngrySlime- osu!
AngrySlime- osu! 10 hours ago
7:15 that car timing was perfect
Not Eskinor
Not Eskinor 10 hours ago
"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 10 hours ago
Wow! That's crazy!
EK X 11 hours ago
T. Scott: I don't think English has a word for "nostalgia for things that have never existed" Finland/Germany: Hold my kyykkyviini
Glaive 11 hours ago
2:07 …also known as “At Least One Fight Scene From Every Tokusatsu Ever”
scarylion.roar 11 hours ago
"The British Road That is Also A Boat" a car ferry or pontoon bridge
Jesus Acuna
Jesus Acuna 11 hours ago
7:08 This was the most perfectly planned audio I've heard in a while Too bad it wasn't
NodeX 11 hours ago
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 11 hours ago
'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 11 hours ago
Excuse me, I forgot weirdcore.
dqtl !
dqtl ! 11 hours ago
2:43 I'd love to see this
The middle man
The middle man 11 hours ago
This is 2 minute papers with doctor karoly-zolnai-fehér.
The middle man
The middle man 11 hours ago
Sorry if the misspelling of the name triggers you :((
Roland Katsuragi
Roland Katsuragi 11 hours ago
Tell me more of this Russian utopia in Yorkshire
Chiszle 11 hours ago
This is perfect for US-first 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 11 hours ago
Do some DIY stuff!
Raleigh Koehle
Raleigh Koehle 12 hours ago
I suppose the closest thing to nostalgia for things that never were would be the mandela effect
Tom Scott
Tom Scott 11 hours ago
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 12 hours ago
“The British Road That Is Also A Boat” ...so a hydrofoil then? 🤔
Tom Scott
Tom Scott 11 hours ago
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 12 hours ago
At the "the green death and the industrial revolution" thing I was thinking of the DW episode "the crimson horror"
? 12 hours ago
Plot twist: Those video titles weren't actually fiction...
Batrax 13 hours ago
"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 13 hours ago
I think "nostalgia for things that never existed" is called hauntology?
KnitterX 13 hours ago
What if it turns out all those stories are in fact real and nobody beside GPT-3 knows yet?
Jakob 14 hours ago
Anemoia, Hiraeth and Vaporwave are words for nostalgia of a time that never happened (Courtesy of comments)
rifa khattak
rifa khattak 14 hours ago
Be amazing as evaa @Tom Scott
Ryan O'Rourke
Ryan O'Rourke 15 hours ago
I wonder will there be ai tinder profiles and ppl will be catfished by some 1s and 0s
Steven Osborn
Steven Osborn 15 hours ago
The British Road that is also a boat: Isn't that the Isle of Wight Chain Ferry?
Noname _game
Noname _game 15 hours ago
5:25 in German there ist a word for this. ;-)
neilomac 15 hours ago
"A word for nostalgia for a thing that never existed" - Not-stalgia? Non-stalgia? Lostalgia?
Jim Smith
Jim Smith 16 hours ago
Don't get me wrong but road that is also a boat sounds like a interesting video to me :)
Nippletwister 2000
Nippletwister 2000 16 hours ago
Lofthouse is asking you to drive safely, because of the invisible things there... Don't be stupid, sheeple
Mantas Zlioba
Mantas Zlioba 17 hours ago
I asked an AI for video ideas, and they were actually good continues to talk about the AI
Vishnu Nittoor
Vishnu Nittoor 17 hours ago
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 17 hours ago
I'm guessing your animator want British, the flag isn't right
Ashley Strober
Ashley Strober 18 hours ago
Nostalgia for a thing that could have existed Is often Hauntology
Nani??!!!?? nice
Nani??!!!?? nice 18 hours ago
Plot twist: This entire script to this video was written by the AI
Kuchiki Beyakuya
Kuchiki Beyakuya 18 hours ago
"the white cube at the end of the world" haha what nonsense *sweats in blender*
Some Dude
Some Dude 19 hours ago
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 19 hours ago
Communist AI confirmed
Matthew Anderson
Matthew Anderson 19 hours ago
Heres a word for that felling "Saudade"
Stepan Kastanayevsky
The dream of a Russian utopia in East Yorkshire let’s go
Varun VC
Varun VC 22 hours ago
*Next Video Idea:* _How to look 8, 18, 48 and 68 at the same time._
KnuckleHunkybuck 22 hours ago
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 23 hours ago
*invest another 10k into AI research fields*
Cly Marin
Cly Marin Day ago
Tom scott had other things to be worried about, now that we have a generated tom scott, and a video script generator
nutzeeer Day ago
i bet that AI will be free at the end of the year.
Juiceboi PRO
Juiceboi PRO Day ago
John Marshall
02:21 The British Road That Is Also A Boat is not nonsense - boat means "Byeway Open to All Traffic"
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 Day ago
"The Airport That Lands Planes On Water." Wendover Productions has entered the chat.
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 Day ago
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 Day ago
an interesting topic nonetheless.
jimbobbyrnes Day ago
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 Day ago
"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 Day ago
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 Day ago
2:10 - Shots fired
TravisFabel Day ago
I want to know more about this tiny underground railway for mail
Em Kav
Em Kav Day ago
This video just randomly started playing in the background of my phone.
Renzo Torr
Renzo Torr Day ago
damn gpt-3 really referenced Kirby's Dream Land