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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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.

    • TheCatGoesRawr

      Best of luck

    • Allen DeWitt
      Allen DeWitt

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

    • thornofnight

      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

      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!

    • Mutant Mutant
      Mutant Mutant



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

  • Jeremy Hicks
    Jeremy Hicks

    Yikes that AI is scary good at writing.

  • PotatoKiin 712
    PotatoKiin 712

    you should make a new Matt and Tom video

  • Visiblur

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

  • Hector Mugwump
    Hector Mugwump

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

    • Hector Mugwump
      Hector Mugwump

      I really want to believe it

  • Mark Reynolds
    Mark Reynolds

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

  • Clamhead

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

  • Erilobar

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

  • M4R1U2

    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."

  • jakelune

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

  • Merlyn Cooper
    Merlyn Cooper

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

  • not here anymore
    not here anymore


  • Sacklippe O__O
    Sacklippe O__O

    Dont wanna be ruff but you seem to get kinda old

  • Josh Hickman
    Josh Hickman

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

  • Heidi Bird Music
    Heidi Bird Music

    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...

  • Tony Pang
    Tony Pang

    Don't know about AI, but IT-my'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.

  • Sokar12345

    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.

  • HMC

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

  • Kevin Snel
    Kevin Snel

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

  • Duy Khang
    Duy Khang

    5:25 Mandela effect

  • Myriads Feynman
    Myriads Feynman

    "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.

  • CalebOfKartin

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

  • riloe

    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?

  • xproot


  • Cherry Mosley
    Cherry Mosley

    Just subscribed

  • SmallWeinerSteve

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

  • mystwork

    Tom Scott / Scarfolk Council crossover when!?

  • red apple one
    red apple one

    *the cliff that refuses to be a cliff*

  • Absolute Pineapple Studios
    Absolute Pineapple Studios

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

  • GPAngel

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

  • Ajc 7575
    Ajc 7575

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

  • Ajc 7575
    Ajc 7575

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

  • Penguin Imp the Insane
    Penguin Imp the Insane

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

    • ZakFR

      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

  • Mike ingrum
    Mike ingrum

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

  • TheCatGoesRawr

    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

  • Mambe

    The beach where you can hear the sea XD

  • Matt B
    Matt B

    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

  • Matheus Schaefer
    Matheus Schaefer

    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?

  • sophia s
    sophia s

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

  • Little Speck
    Little Speck

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

  • Brindle Style
    Brindle Style

    anything worth doing once is worth doing twice

  • Wensleydale

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

  • An Account That Exists For Reasons
    An Account That Exists For Reasons

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

  • Marjohn's Musings
    Marjohn's Musings

    That was fun

  • Flynn Sloan
    Flynn Sloan

    Those untrue ones are almost all SCP ideas...

  • Alan Burns
    Alan Burns

    I need a fictional Tom Scott universe channel.

  • Deez Nuts
    Deez Nuts

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

  • Ciro García
    Ciro García

    Animated Tom Scott looks like Grian

  • floooooooooooooooood

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

  • Renan Andrade dos santos
    Renan Andrade dos santos


  • Lloyd Davies
    Lloyd Davies

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

    • Lloyd Davies
      Lloyd Davies

      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!

  • starterpack7.3

    “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

  • Iron Fist Dragon
    Iron Fist Dragon

    the traffic on that road has perfect timing

  • SAU

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

  • Adam Navigato
    Adam Navigato

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

  • Blue Loft Beast
    Blue Loft Beast

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

  • Water Sheep
    Water Sheep

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

  • DaBeast34

    Cool drawings

  • Ru Ok
    Ru Ok

    now give the AI the title "faeces"

  • TVK - TheVeganKnight
    TVK - TheVeganKnight


  • Boglenight

    “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.

  • Nathan Adler
    Nathan Adler

    the face in the thumbnail tho

  • Bandito Donburrito
    Bandito Donburrito

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

  • Johanthan Romero
    Johanthan Romero

    5:22 Thats just called the Mandela Effect

  • 🎢 ZarStocher
    🎢 ZarStocher

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

  • Veggieoskibroski

    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?

  • kayf

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

  • Javier Fito
    Javier Fito

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

  • Skrollz

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

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