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

Datum objavljivanja: 22. Vel 2021.
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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  • 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.

    • @Doctor Mari-who Scom Tott

    • 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..

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    • @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.

  • The best part of current gen AI is that it is absolutely hilarious, even when it works

  • and I thought creative takeover was a while down the line

  • "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.

  • There WAS a white square of ice in Antarctica

  • 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.

  • "The White Cube at the End of the World" sounds like a rejected Exurb1a video

  • Anyone know where I can rent Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death?


  • Plot Twist: these videos are real in a parallel universe wich the AI connects to.

  • Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death

  • 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

  • You should've had the AI write the script in this video

  • I really wanna learn about Jeremy Clarkson's lottery of death now

  • feelin existential dread from this for some reason

  • 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.

  • 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??

  • I can't believe I wasn't subscribed... Well, I'm now I guess

  • If Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death isn't a real game show in the next few years I am going to mighty disappointed

  • cheater

  • Do your viewers know that kirbys dream is a videogame? I thought I'd see at least one comment about it by now but...

  • Do your viewers know that kirbys dream is a videogame? I thought I'd see at least one comment about it by now but...

  • Did you honestly expect no one in *your* audience would recognise Helena Blavatsky as the picture of that Nondescript Russian Baroness.

  • Also, this is why we need critical thinking and to look for sources.

  • 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.

  • Nostalgia for a thing that never existed: Resonance - Home

  • are you boxing yourself in with "what works"

  • GPT-3 access gang

  • 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.

  • haha britain colonize moon

  • wait Tom the word is just fantasy 😭

  • 7:15 that car timing was perfect

  • "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.

  • Wow! That's crazy!

  • T. Scott: I don't think English has a word for "nostalgia for things that have never existed" Finland/Germany: Hold my kyykkyviini

  • 2:07 …also known as “At Least One Fight Scene From Every Tokusatsu Ever”

  • "The British Road That is Also A Boat" a car ferry or pontoon bridge

  • 7:08 This was the most perfectly planned audio I've heard in a while Too bad it wasn't

  • All of the ideas you say don't work, I am interested in. I had no idea about any of them.

  • 'I don't think there is a word for nostalgia for something that doesn't exist' Vaporwave Aesthetics, anemoia, Liminal Images You're welcome.

  • 2:43 I'd love to see this

  • This is 2 minute papers with doctor karoly-zolnai-fehér.

    • Sorry if the misspelling of the name triggers you :((

  • Tell me more of this Russian utopia in Yorkshire

  • This is perfect for HRdown LetsPlay Channels who need to push endless streams of videos and merch on young audiences who would be better off watching you, Tom.

  • Do some DIY stuff!

  • I suppose the closest thing to nostalgia for things that never were would be the mandela effect

    • THANKS FOR WATCHING. Reach out to me directly for your guidance...!!! ..Whats@pp +1. 3 2 1. 2 5 1. 8 3 1 1..

  • “The British Road That Is Also A Boat” ...so a hydrofoil then? 🤔

    • THANKS FOR WATCHING. Reach out to me directly for your guidance...!!! ..Whats@pp +1. 3 2 1. 2 5 1. 8 3 1 1..

  • At the "the green death and the industrial revolution" thing I was thinking of the DW episode "the crimson horror"

  • Plot twist: Those video titles weren't actually fiction...

  • "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.

  • I think "nostalgia for things that never existed" is called hauntology?

  • What if it turns out all those stories are in fact real and nobody beside GPT-3 knows yet?

  • Anemoia, Hiraeth and Vaporwave are words for nostalgia of a time that never happened (Courtesy of comments)

  • Be amazing as evaa @Tom Scott

  • I wonder will there be ai tinder profiles and ppl will be catfished by some 1s and 0s

  • The British Road that is also a boat: Isn't that the Isle of Wight Chain Ferry?

  • 5:25 in German there ist a word for this. ;-)

  • "A word for nostalgia for a thing that never existed" - Not-stalgia? Non-stalgia? Lostalgia?

  • Don't get me wrong but road that is also a boat sounds like a interesting video to me :)

  • Lofthouse is asking you to drive safely, because of the invisible things there... Don't be stupid, sheeple

  • I asked an AI for video ideas, and they were actually good continues to talk about the AI

  • I think you're looking for the word 'anemoia'- It means "nostalgia for a time you've never known". Close enough, I'd say.

  • I'm guessing your animator want British, the flag isn't right

  • Nostalgia for a thing that could have existed Is often Hauntology

  • Plot twist: This entire script to this video was written by the AI

  • "the white cube at the end of the world" haha what nonsense *sweats in blender*

  • 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.

  • Communist AI confirmed

  • Heres a word for that felling "Saudade"

  • The dream of a Russian utopia in East Yorkshire let’s go

  • *Next Video Idea:* _How to look 8, 18, 48 and 68 at the same time._

  • Where is the location you found of the beach where you can hear the sea? Or did you just edit the audio in afterward?

  • *invest another 10k into AI research fields*

  • Tom scott had other things to be worried about, now that we have a generated tom scott, and a video script generator

  • i bet that AI will be free at the end of the year.


  • 02:21 The British Road That Is Also A Boat is not nonsense - boat means "Byeway Open to All Traffic"

  • Well, the words "there never was any Russian utopia" may hurt some people more than you might've though.

  • "The Airport That Lands Planes On Water." Wendover Productions has entered the chat.

  • 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.

  • 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

    • an interesting topic nonetheless.

  • 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.

  • "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


  • What about the bird statues of cumbria that start at maryport roman museum they are mostly in perfect condition and left by romans

  • 2:10 - Shots fired

  • I want to know more about this tiny underground railway for mail

  • This video just randomly started playing in the background of my phone.

  • damn gpt-3 really referenced Kirby's Dream Land

  • I like the idea of the AI creating scripting an alternate world history, it would be a decent series if you’re up to it. You can probably call it ‘Up to earth history’ or something.

  • Anemoia and Fernweh are some words that would fit for "nostalgia for a place that doesn't exist".

  • Id honestly love to watch these videos! 2:19

  • You could perhaps do something on Theosophy..... Seeing as that was Helena Von Hahn that became Helena Blavatsky. Theosophy has influenced the saner of the fringe religions (and a few nutty ones, BTW!) and a look at Theosophy and it's offshoots in the UK would be interesting.

  • I want to see a video about the cliff that refuses to be a cliff, please.

  • To be fair if you say "the CIA tried to kill Castro with X" there's a fairly strong chance your right.

  • Green Death and the Industrial revolution would actually be a fascinating video, for those interested in mortuary science and the environment. Maybe not a Tom Scott video, but an interesting topic nonetheless.

  • I would love to see a fun series of just fictional stuff the AI comes up with, script included!

  • Wigan is not in the West Midlands. Or at least it hasn't been for the last 30 years I've been here.

  • Plot twist; Tom Scott is the AI

  • 5:24 Anemoia. Look it up