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

Publicerades den 22 feb 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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  • 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.

    • please make a series out of these funny titles, like a compilation (highest heat etc) because its so funny

    • How can I work with you?

    • Tom Scott is amazing!

    • Here is a good idea for you: How many bytes of information can you store on an A4 paper?

    • it's ok we love you

  • I feel like you could do a video on abervan and it be interesting

  • Just after watching the video, I thought of searching on how to use GPT-3. So I clicked the SEnewss's search bar, and started typing: "how" The second suggestion was exactly what I was going to type - "how to use gpt 3".

  • you shouldve released a fictional video and not told anyone for 1 week

  • I enjoy that MumboJumbo has watched this and used it to make his own video

  • 7:24 If you placed a truth constraint on anything, the whole universe would grind to a halt.

  • "Kirby's Dream" probably came from the title's of various Kirby games such as "Kirby's Dream Land", "Kirby's Dream Course", "Kirby's Dream Collection" and "Kirby's Return to Dream Land".

  • I clicked only for the Union Jack on the moon.

  • The word you're looking for is Anemoia. I dont think it's actually in any dictionary but it's generally accepted that it means "Nostalgia for a time you've never known" The song Midnight City by M83 really gives me these vibes and makes me really understand the meaning of that word.

  • scaryyy

  • You should use the ones that were not real could be used on April fools

  • Maybe revisit Avebury and some of your earlier videos?

  • And this is why i believe that 90% of conspiracy-theory comments on youtube are some chinese/russian AI designed to destabalize the western nations. Well believe... Or maybe its more like a soothing thought :O

  • Nostalgia for a thing that never existed, sounds like the William Gibson short story "The Gernsback Continuum"

  • If anyone wants to try out GPT-3 for themselves you can try AI Dungeon. You can get access to the ‘Griffin’ model for free (limited to 100 actions a day or overcharged to 2000 actions) or pay for the superior ‘Dragon’ model. In the explore section someone has even made a scenario to make up Tom Scott video titles!

  • Wigan Pier in the West Midlands???

  • do an episode on why the uk is literally just a shitload of farms

  • Came here from mumbo jumbo

  • I really want to watch Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of death

  • Why is Grian on the moon

  • The cliff that refuses to be a cliff could be really interesting :D

  • "I don't think there's an English word for 'nostalgia for a thing that never existed'" I've got two "My life"

  • 4:12 "How the CIA plotted to kill Castro with explosive C-shells: the strange story of the leader of the Cuban revolution becoming an avid UNIX hacker." :-)

  • imagine the Ai asked you to make a video about asking AI for videos ideas , META AF

  • What if we had a seperate series where it just consisted of fictional stories? I know someone else suggested this already, but we need this to happen

  • Wow, I 100% see Rick and Morty writers using that AI.

  • Sad, there's nothing "open" about "open"AI

  • 5:04 "the strange light that floats over oxforshire" thats just the moon

  • The Green Death and the Industrial Revolution does sound like a Doctor Who story, it'd likely be a two-parter.

  • 7:09 Car passes by with perfect timing

  • The White Cube at The End of the World sounds like a novel by Ursula K. Leguin.

  • Google stadia anyone .... in a nutshell machine learning>>>!

  • "specific and very limited ways" is this a jab at something political tom? ;)

  • 7:47 "my job will get a lot easier" bud I think your job will get automated rather

  • I wanna know about Wiga Pier, the RRS Discovery, the Aberfan disaster, the New River, and the post office railway. I hope you actually reconsider and try harder to find a narrative hook.

  • Jeremy Clarkson's Lottery of Death is something i'd subscribe to Amazon Prime for.

  • What if one of the ideas it gave you for a video was were you talk about ideas that you can’t do in real life cause they’re fictional so you get an animator’s help to show what you wanna show..

  • Ai is going to either destroy or advance the world in less than 10 years

  • The white cube at the edge of the world sounds like an scp

  • Wigan is in the North West, not West Midlands. A simple google search would have corrected this.

  • "the strange light that floats over oxfordshire" the moon: am i a joke to you?

  • 4:49 the ai really reinvented street fighter x tekken

  • The road that is also a boat: I-90 floating bridge in Seattle.

  • Tom be soundin' like Mumbo Jumbo bout to give a Slime Block Tutorial

  • Now it can do my homework!

  • The strange light the flow over Oxfordshire could be a work as once a Balloon shaped like a TV style UFO flow over north Oxfordshire and many reported it to fox FM at the time. One of those things I partially remember of FOX FM before they sold out they had good trusty local news but we all now media is now brought and not local on Heart FM which now own them.

  • Should have started the whole video with the script GPT-3 ran for you, Tom!

  • one of the suggestions were to make a video about the suggestions... AIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII lmaoooooo

  • KIRBY"S DREAMland was a popular nintendo game (serie).

  • 1:03 I'm dying at the bottom one 💀

  • Wigan is not in the west midlands. how insulting.

  • That car going past at speed at 7:13 ... Couldn't have been netter timed honestly.

  • It's a bit disappointing that Kirby's Dreamland in reality is just a muggy patch of English countryside.

  • 7:14 That car in the background had excellent timing. Right on cue

  • “Nostalgia for things that never existed” Not sure if this has already been said, but how about “Fauxstalgia”?

  • Was the episode you hadn't released yet at the time "Why Progress Bars Don't Move Smoothly"

    • I just wanted to note that the timing of that car with the curve worked really well

  • Stop forcing cliffs to be cliffs

  • “I got a bad feeling about this...”

  • The 7th one is a true tail

  • e here from jobos channel

  • WTF YT!

  • Kirby's Dream

  • 7:15 that timing was just too perfect for the car to pass by. Felt like a crescendo

  • There's a Portugese word for nostalgia for something that never happened: "saudade". And there's a word for nostalgia for things that did happen, but way before you even existed: "anemoia". E.g. a longing for the 19th century.

  • So, you essentially ran a random text generator that created thousands of nonsensical titles, then you picked a few that made sense. Congratulations: you came up with a video idea.

  • The Dream of a Russian Utopia in East Yorkshire sounds like it could be a novel written by the Cambridge 5.

  • plot twist scott isnt real hes just an ai, this was just him bragging about himself

  • sounds like nas daily to me

  • You might find this word interesting then Anemoia - Nostalgia for a time you’ve never known (from the dictionary of obscure sorrows) As far as I can tell it’s not a “real” word but hey, all words are made up

  • If you need more content, make a playlist or a second channel of scripts that AI generates. Even if its not real, I would absolutely watch those videos, and I assume I'm not the only one

  • 7:16 sounds a bit like a cliff that doesn't want to be a cliff

  • I just wanted to note that the timing of that car with the curve worked really well

  • Im guessing the AI gave you the idea "The AI that helped me find video titles"

  • Video ideas: "The science of diving by 0" "The things our brain doesn't let us remember" "An AI made this video" (lots of clickbait) "When will AI take over the world?" "Why do we use the Internet?" (human relations and stuff) "What's the time on Mars?" (a bit out of your normal videos but might be interesting) "What's the limit of computers?" "The battle between computers and humans" (about when computers became smarter than humans in terms of cpu power) "The Pink Lakes of Australia" Idk if you've made a video of these already but these might be interesting, I hope Tom sees this

  • This AI is how Trump makes his speeches

  • A lot of those good-but-fictional video titles sound like ideas for SCPs

  • Jeremy Clarkson's lottery of death actually sounds like something Jeremy would come up with

  • NOT-stalgia

  • 5:23 isn’t that deja vu? Or is that a diff thing

  • Ah yes the infamous Park and Ride System

  • A guy just talking in one take. No jumpcuts, no three cuts per sentence, just coherent interesting talking. I love it.

  • "The British Road That Is Also A Boat" ah, a ferry

  • I would love for you to make a full series of videos in your signature-style, presenting these parallel-world places and events.

  • "The white cube at the end of the world" sounds like an SCP

  • 4:16 Tom: But I googled those words and they've never been put in that exact order anywhere online. Library of Babel: Am I a joke to you?

  • little does the AI know, it just guessed the plot of wandavision

  • Can we talk about how the AI accidentally created the plot of WandaVision?

    • When the human-created AI creates the plot of show about a human creating AI, while being hunted by humans using AI to build their own AI, which was a pre-existing AI made out of another human-created AI. (Yes, this does make sense and is accurate to the MCU plot.)

  • Who else is here from Mumbo Jumbo?

  • I would love to watch “JEREMY CLARKSONS LOTTERY OF DEATH” on Amazon Prime Video

  • 9001st comment

  • if the thing that you said at the end of the video happends it wont make your job easier it will take your job

  • tom kirby's dream land is a video game

  • I'm sure we're not too far off from "generate me a youtube video in the style of Tom Scott" :P

  • I'm hoping this gets good enough so that we can tell to to finish tv shows that we're cancelled.

  • Good

  • “Nostalgia for things that never existed” Not sure if this has already been said, but how about “Fauxstalgia”?

  • Do you memorize your scripts, do you use a prompter or just improvise?

  • 7:18 that was the most perfectly timed car. It sounded so dramatic

    • Why do your videos have to be about things that are true? I'd watch a "secret history of the British moon landing" video. Heck, I'd watch a full length documentary.

  • Nostagia for a thing that never existed... That's Vapourwave.

  • It's strange the English language lacks a word to describe the feeling of nostalgia for things that aren't real. The closest I can find are words that can't be translated back into English exactly. "a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament." - Saudade (/souˈdädə/) However, Saudade is used in relation to a feeling of longing for an absent "something", even if that thing never existed to begin with; such as when you see a painting of someone that seems familiar, and it brings with it the bitter-sweet feeling of having non-existent fond memories, and the knowledge you'll never see them. It's unlike Anemoia from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, which is just the nostalgia for "When times were better, even if you were never there", it's more like carrying your past emotions with you into the present like a time capsule. This is the *closest* to what Scott asked, but it still does not feel entirely correct, considering Saudade is a far more blanket term from the melancholy of the past but having hope to experience old joys again in the future, even if it's with someone else. And then there's Sehnsucht ([ˈzeːnˌzʊxt]), a German noun that expresses the feeling of longing for a "something", and in psychology refers to the idea of craving an alternative experience. However, it's more in line with regret, and thinking of the "Could haves" or "Might dos", instead of having outright nostalgia for a thing gone by. The experience of Sehnsucht is more easily expressed as "What if I said yes?" or having fantastical ideas about the future, such as imagining ones self as famous, or a fated meeting of a true love, or even the idea of finding something new to make you happy. It feels almost natural to explain the feeling of nostalgia for things not experienced as "Agnostalgia", from ágnos/άγνωσ meaning "Unknown", and álgos/ἄλγος meaning "Pain", similar to the origin of Nostalgia.