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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Comments

  • Motivational.

  • Well done, I love this lady!

  • She reminds me of that sweet reporter from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

  • If I thought of people naked watching me... I would feel like I was gonna get raped for some reason

  • The logic of striving for failure: If your goal is failure, every time you fail, you succeed in your objective and, if you fail in your objective, it's because you inadvertently succeeded. You can't lose

  • I really appreciate anyone actually trying and building something. No matter how simple it may seem. And sharing the anthusiasm and the spirit of designing and building. Thing doesn't always work as you may have thought or expected, that's why you have to build, to truly understand.

    • I think the word "useless" in the title is a reflection of humility, because what she builds are NOT useless. You wanna see something truly useless? The "free-energy" thingy that some people build and demonstrate on US-tv, that is useless, worse than useless actually, because of the dishonest and the deception.

  • This was the best TED ever.

  • MODERN TIMES!!!!!!! :-)

  • Nicee

  • Oooh cuteness ๐Ÿ˜˜

  • That crowd sucked

  • Useless video

  • Mount a 3d scanner on that orbital rig and patent it, there, you got yourself a million dollar, not so useless, invention.... Keep tinkering girl ... We are rooting for you...

  • Omg I laughed historically, this video is fantastic and I love the message!!

  • Sorry Simone, I'm already married. Your talk was wonderful. Thank you for showing me that facing the future from an unlikely angle is what it takes to be successful.

  • hi, I just want to ask, sometimes its not us who really hard on us, but the people around us. especially, the one who we love or the one who love us. So, sometimes, they expect more from us. What to do?

  • Simone your great..keep it up...and hope your starting to get better

  • That is fantastic. All of it. Keep on going ...

  • the thumbnail on this video makes it look like i've watched it already... change it

  • its excellent motivation i'm proud of u simone ,may Allah give u lots of happiness in your life ,may Allah bless u forever ,may Allah shine your life ,

  • Good girl, keep it up!

  • "I would try to create things that would fail" Video begins buffering. Apparently that includes the youtube video...

  • 2:10 she was looking funny !!

  • i love TED

  • people allergic to laughing there?

  • Invent for yourself and you happiness. Not for others , You might change the world !

  • It's still stupid and useless. Maybe not for her, but for other idiots who decide to follow

  • A very plain average looking woman. No men dropping sexual comments

  • She should be a fashion designer because I want that shirt

  • Take that, perfectionism!

  • I don't make robots but I make digital art and the community is so closed and expectations are so high but you made me relax and realize that I should be doing this because I enjoy it. And not worry what others think. Art is subjective anyways. And its okay to fail

  • She really doing useless things, as her show is useless.

  • Can't pay bills anymore since I started making useless things.

  • There is no such a thing as a useless thing.

  • i think the mayority of the possitive comments its because she is pretty. But really the only thing she is saying is: Give you permission to fail. Something nothing new in the manage of stress

  • The positive energy in this talk can cure anyone from depression, or just about anything that makes them feel like a potato. I see why so many guys wanted her instantaneously.

  • ElectricBoom & Dave EEV - Our Aussie guy ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ’กโšก sent us Simone NAh i just found you myself shh A bit comedy is the way to success or how u slip pass security shh :) Good thing u have going simone ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ i subribed i like a laugh as u learn its my6 way ever since i found out comedy & learning go hand in hand ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘ ๐ŸŒ( ๐Ÿ’ฌ wot? - Hes Making it all up as he goes along ๐Ÿ™€ ๐Ÿ•Š

  • Ive ccome to a moment where i have watched so much youtube im unsure if ive already watched a video or not

  • This inspired me. It gets hard to fight that voice in your head. It gets to a point where I can't move even if the answer is right in front of me. Fear of failure takes over and the thought of starting turns into 2 months' worth of daydreaming until the drive just fades away. This video made a great impact and possibly changed my life (work(job) and play). This is possibly all of those "just friggin' do it" articles summarized into 12 minutes in video form. Thanks, Simone.

  • Great one ... Proud of you... Keep doing those useless things :D.

  • Good talk!!

  • *elon musk has left the chat*

  • Evolutionary Biology

  • Even a failure on stage, you don't feel like a failure of the show! Nice job, Simone!

  • Well said

  • How did her brain surgery went?

  • I want to like this more than just once! Please!

  • Oooohhh! I watch her vidssss

  • Yesssss I love your channel!

  • 0:49 "So if I had way more eyeballs, then we'd all be really comfortable, right?" I really don't like picturing some humanoid eye-creature giving a lecture about _stuff..._

  • I wish to create a machine that jacks me off and cooks me breakfast

  • I always have thought that 'you don't know what's the best answer is'

  • What an useless way to attract attention

  • EXACTLY WHAT IT FEELS LIKE DOING FTC ๐Ÿ˜ข

  • Best US-tv channel ever!!!

  • Love, love, love this!!

  • y'all should go subscribe to her channel she's awesome

  • 0:16

  • I love this woman.

  • 9.04 ... Charlie Chaplin still wonโ€™t buy it....sigh the modern times

  • ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • Please call your unnamed invention "The REALLY lazy Suzanne"

  • Would you marry me? Im not really good looking. And im known to be kinda useless, so ull love me i think. Anyways let me know cuz ill postpone all my other dates...

  • Simone, you are super funny :D I love the orbital feeder at 7:50 :D

  • Wait a second I have seen this girl before wtf on robot fail videos

  • What an icon

  • Not even the bottom of a small helicopter did not and cannot and would not glide on their butt cracks to wipe out crap shoots??. Oh romeo oh romeo where for thou art thy romeo

  • Latex hands that squirt soaps and water has not been used yet?

  • As washing latex hands on toilets has not been installed in this time frame known as 2018 ad?

  • Really impressive how she saved that from being really awkward a couple of times

  • Could you be anymore awesome?!! You said a lot of people asked to marry you in the comments before, but a man gotta do what he gotta do: Simone will you marry me??

  • I have never had cocaine, but i gotta say that head orbit device would be awesome for that purpose.

  • ๐Ÿค–

  • these ted things used to be good...

  • Is it wierd that I laughed way more and harder at her jokes than the whole crowd? XD

  • Iโ€˜m in love ๐Ÿ˜ Who says itโ€™s useless?

  • My new favourite ted talk. So entertaining but also poignant

  • Omg how did I not know she done this? I love Simone!!

  • Wow... I'm so proud for u...

  • I am with you๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  • ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜™

  • Just awesome!

  • This audience is so dead

  • Ha ha ... I was looking for a 'ha ha' button but there was 'like' and 'dislike' button... I clicked on the first

  • 10:21 was my favorite quote from her.

  • This was fantastic. I love it!

  • You are awesome.

  • I can't believe she went from great fear of humilation to this ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ she's so strong and determined and she's growing

  • She is a genuis with great sense of humor โคโค

  • I love her so much

  • From now on sheโ€™s my spirit animal

  • Keep up with your talent!

  • simone is the hero we did not deserve but we need.

  • People with degrees in mechanical engineering and computer science could not achieve what she has. Maybe ...

  • Proof that god exists.

  • I donโ€™t know. I just love the way she thinks. Really impressive.

  • Simone you're machines are only useless in the way that they don't perform (usually) as intended. Or maybe they do...because they inspire and ignite our sense of discovery/ambition/invention. You may not have an engineering background, but you have an inventors mind. One day....one day

  • So.... Carrot Top.... I'm sure she's nice, but this is a TED talk?

  • ez ducc ez quacc

  • Ah, Simone... you are an inspiration.