Why you should make useless things | Simone Giertz

Published on May 9, 2018
In this joyful, heartfelt talk featuring demos of her wonderfully wacky creations, Simone Giertz shares her craft: making useless robots. Her inventions -- designed to chop vegetables, cut hair, apply lipstick and more -- rarely (if ever) succeed, and that's the point. "The true beauty of making useless things [is] this acknowledgment that you don't always know what the best answer is," Giertz says. "It turns off that voice in your head that tells you that you know exactly how the world works. Maybe a toothbrush helmet isn't the answer, but at least you're asking the question."
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  • She is a beautiful girl and very intelligent. I'm admire her...love

  • It was great for me to start my day with such a cheerful video.I hope never to use Simon's s wake up machine but still think she is great speaker and inventor.

  • might be the coolest person on the internerd.

  • You are an inspiration for all the makers including me who love tinkering and breaking parts apart.

  • The brushing machine is not a solution but it is first step of solution good one ma'am

  • It’s so damn entertaining!

  • love you simone!!!

  • Love the end note 😊

  • Wow! This is great! It really captivated my attention! 😀😀❤


  • Hey, I spent 9 months making myself. That’s enough.

  • great talk!

  • That orbit device doesnt look useless to me its brilliant ! Hope she can get away from her tumor as one piece best luck !

  • sad to think she's suffering with brain tumor over her right eye which is kinda ironic watch her channel to get updated and give her support

  • she adorable

  • One of the best TED talks I've EVER seen. What a wonderful person.

  • She's awesome :)

  • If I weren't an atheist, I'd build a dozen praying robots to pray for her whole brain tumor situation to get solved with no problem. At least we know that she's not going to perform a surgery on herself with her own robots.

  • Yes. Inspirational

  • I'm a millennial and I SMASHED that thumbs up at the Millennial joke.

  • We need Arabic subtitles plz

  • Such a wonderful girl.

  • You did such a good job Simone!!! I love your channel and have been a subscriber for a while :)

  • Queen!

  • a conveyor belt sushi!

  • 😂 💜 👏🏽 Hilarious and Inspiring! You have a new subscriber

  • It's all great and all but nobody else would have become successful doing the same thing, for obvious reasons ofc .

  • She’s so frickin cool I already love her 💗

  • Great job Simone, Always enjoy the humor. your the best.

  • Exxageration, she is just another entertainer.she is just selling stupid things and useless things to make her famous....i don't get any enlightment and new informative knowledge from her Ted talk. I'm wasting my time. Ted, she is just trying to earn money from her useless channel...and the audience were bored already

  • This is incredible Simone! You're at the top of your game, thank you for doing this talk!

  • AWESOME!!!

  • Her accent is so flawless :D

  • On the shoulders of Prof. Pott's


  • Tough crowd

  • I saw it when it had 2K views (:

  • Simone is one of my favorite makers. Thank you for inviting her to give a TED Talk!

  • She is exactly like me. What is scary, she also discovered a tumor in her head, yes, just like me. Currently going to school for engineering and psychology and playing league of legends in my down time. The thing about league is I am very good at it and climbing fast and the world, when they can watch me, when I am not screwed like I am right now, is tagging along and cheering me on. I do that as well as Activisim. I speak from a top of a soap box. Anyway, pretty good at lots, amazing at some, and terrible at math and memory. They are related. Anyway, love you girl, as a random man in the net, we should get married. One last thing. Chip and Dale rescue rangers. There is a character named Gadget, you can see where I am going with this, I always loved her and thought she was so cute and awesome with her useless stuff that is actually useful and amazing. This chick is just like her. Pale, light hair, engineering. Hard to say no. Anyway, enough. K bye

  • I lovveee her sacrifice for science...🤣🤣🤣

  • She is awesome

  • Awesome propcomic, next stop Las Vegas? :-)

  • Do you think I can get one of those shirts?

  • She lost me with her opening statement about how its wrong to picture everyone in your audience naked. Great, another SJW soapbox! Guess I'll stop watching TED Talks.

  • Simone is awesome!



  • She is my hero

  • Great job Simone!

  • What are all of these people taking notes on... I’m soooooo confused

  • Her accent is alot more noticeable when she's nervous

  • Meanwhile in camp penis - men have made space rockets and travelled to other planets

  • Thank you, that it's so good.

  • people pay money to view this on TED stage?

  • Great and inspiring! Have a speedy recovery, Simone!

  • My girl did a TED talk!!!! I adore her!!! I'm like a proud mom.

  • Carrot Top's act has sure changed a lot over the years...

  • *Reads the title* Me: I bet my parents watched this before they made me

  • Yes, those kinds of stuff are useless, or we can say that every prototype or research is useless, for the first time. What really important is the idea. So later other people can implement those ideas or improve the products.

  • That shirt is literally your subconscious screaming at you...note it

  • The Great Exhibition!

  • OMG not only has she charm, but she has great things to say while giving humorous results.

  • Does she have a tattoo in braille?

  • So she's the female version of Carrot Top. Got to work a little on the timing and delivery but much better looking. :)

  • I'm pretty sure she has Asperger's Syndrome... If not that. Obviously, Severe Anxiety... That was great!

  • Why can’t all teenagers be like her ???

  • This is the video my parents watched before i was conceived

  • Make useless things that still teach you something, otherwise you become a modern artist.

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  • I love Simone so much