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 • 2 945

  • Za ko
    Za ko 7 hours ago

    Now tell that to my Parents

  • Craig Heath
    Craig Heath 9 hours ago

    Yep, find something you can get enthusiastic about, that's advice for life if I ever heard it. Awesome job!

  • AllyCatMusic
    AllyCatMusic 2 days ago +1


  • Charlie Ben
    Charlie Ben 2 days ago


  • Vitor Oliveira
    Vitor Oliveira 2 days ago

    Now that is funny, because i have also ansiety issues and i did also found a very similar solution.

  • patricia faria
    patricia faria 4 days ago

    she has Summer from Rick and morty voice ,-,

  • Ken
    Ken 5 days ago

    TVclip. The famous for nothing place.

  • blanst01
    blanst01 5 days ago

    wow Simone, more I watch you vidéo, more I admire you. (and enjoy it... the video of course) :)

  • Ty Gar
    Ty Gar 6 days ago +1

    Are you not allowed to laugh during a Ted Talk? She's fucking hilarous

  • Jade Wu
    Jade Wu 6 days ago

    I am just thinking about changing my focus from daily work to learning to be a happy maker in my daily life. Your TED Talk makes me feel more confident on my choice. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

  • hens are my life
    hens are my life 6 days ago

    She is a legend.

  • 이예솔
    이예솔 6 days ago


  • mauronarf
    mauronarf 8 days ago

    Marry me!

  • Molly Bruins
    Molly Bruins 10 days ago

    That head orbiting machine was in Charlie Chaplinś ¨Modern Times.¨

  • Andres Olmos
    Andres Olmos 10 days ago

    Celeb crush? No, oh no. TVclip crush, and it's her.

  • Borys G
    Borys G 11 days ago

    The best TED talk I have ever seen. ..... Simone..... I am waiting for more funny inwentions🤣😘😉

  • Liam H
    Liam H 12 days ago

    Her accent gets more shvedish when she's on stage compared to on TVclip

  • Hira Muhammad
    Hira Muhammad 12 days ago

    LOL the popcorn

  • the Pink Kitty
    the Pink Kitty 13 days ago

    they aren't useless though. they have a use, they just can't do it well

  • InformationIsTheEdge
    InformationIsTheEdge 16 days ago

    Standing ovation at TED! PFG!

  • Chris Crissey
    Chris Crissey 16 days ago

    all the time when I have my own anxiety or my girlfriend has anxiety I try to remind her and myself to really look at what kind of rules we are hearing to what kind of social pressure is and what kind of imaginary rules that were following sometimes that are no longer even applicable. sometimes when I do this I realize if I want to wear a pickle on my head or if I want to wear pajamas to a party even though it's not a pajama party I can do whatever I want. It's that same mentality that when we're in adult if we want to come home and it's our house and we just want to take her pants off that's our business. as long as we are breaking the law or hurting anyone there's all kinds of rules that we don't have to adhere to and there's a certain empowerment in that. I love this video this is exactly what I try to tell my girlfriend all the time. My girlfriend worries all the time about "doing things right" and she gets anxiety and her handshake and shes scared. One day I decided to shave all of the beard I had grown off because it was really just a lazy person beard it wasn't like something I wanted to keep. I tried to convince her that since I was going to shave it all off she could not possibly do it wrong if I handed her the trimmer and if she wanted to carve a shape in it or anything she wanted it wouldn't matter because I was going to shave it all off anyway. I have this new trimmer that can't possibly cut me and she could just go ham. she was still a little too scared to do it but there's a certain empowerment in that that you can't really do it wrong especially if you just doing your own thing. And then something magical happens like this Google I shirt where the rest of the world is a little bit in awe of it because it's a personal expression that no one else has seen. I love this video it's great I'm going to share it with my girlfriend right now.

  • Timothy Makeups
    Timothy Makeups 16 days ago

    aww she's the fucking best! Love you SIMONE!!!

  • Blasted
    Blasted 17 days ago

    We all know that Simone badly wanted to say "I build Shi--y robots"

  • Jonas Hamill
    Jonas Hamill 17 days ago

    so about 25 minutes ago I was watching the video she did with Physics Girl where she says "Alexa set a timer for 45 minutes" which my echo interpreted as 25. When my echo sets off an alarm the philips hue bulbs in my apartment alternate flash. I'd completely forgotten about this and just as this video finished all the lights in my apartment began flashing. Suffice to say i was a little befuddled

  • Karina Matos
    Karina Matos 18 days ago

    She is so smart and funny! I like her!

  • Jonathan Rufino
    Jonathan Rufino 18 days ago

    It's ridiculous and I love it

  • Lauren Miller
    Lauren Miller 19 days ago

    Hehe. Reminds me the scenes from Modern Times, from Charlie Chaplin.

  • RoachDoggJR
    RoachDoggJR 19 days ago

    she is the most charming person i've ever seen omg

  • donna vitruviana
    donna vitruviana 20 days ago

    Ja, je, ji, jo, ju. Me parto.

  • Michael Skinner
    Michael Skinner 21 day ago

    I have Huge respect for you!

  • 290014
    290014 21 day ago

    i wonder what her tattoo says 7:36

  • cr1t1cal
    cr1t1cal 21 day ago

    i don't understand what this is....... what is this.......

  • Aqsa Shah
    Aqsa Shah 21 day ago

    How brilliant

  • bukek siansu
    bukek siansu 21 day ago

    The Greatest Inventor All Time!!

  • natalie maki
    natalie maki 22 days ago

    when will ted talk

  • Seelz
    Seelz 23 days ago

    2k people have no life

  • N3WE11
    N3WE11 24 days ago

    Dead audience

  • splartman
    splartman 24 days ago

    hail queen of r/shittyrobots, big ups.

  • richardhalo
    richardhalo 24 days ago

    Hey Ted, how's the "pedophilia is a normal sexual orientation" campaign going?

  • littlefreak3000
    littlefreak3000 24 days ago

    What is that controller she is using for the orbital thing? That looks like a nifty maker controller.

  • Bigzell
    Bigzell 24 days ago

    She probably makes thoughs "life hack" videos

  • AlyssLysie
    AlyssLysie 24 days ago

    Omg she is amazing

  • Enem Disk
    Enem Disk 24 days ago

    This made me happy

  • Phat Pham
    Phat Pham 25 days ago

    Thật thú zị

  • I AM EMPIRE 10123
    I AM EMPIRE 10123 25 days ago

    OMG I just subbed and watched most of her videos like a week ago!!!!

  • declassified1
    declassified1 26 days ago

    that was a waste of time

  • Sofia Natasya Binti Awang Omar

    You go girl! You inspire me through the absurdity~

  • anders damin
    anders damin 26 days ago

    She talks about a girl and men. You're a woman, you're not a girl.

  • WhenPigsFly
    WhenPigsFly 26 days ago


  • Glenn Beeson
    Glenn Beeson 26 days ago

    You are awesome to infinity. I am so glad you are still on this planet.
    Your videos make being on the planet more better.

  • pgmp
    pgmp 27 days ago

    LMAO - Subbed we need more people like you.

  • Alejandro Reyes
    Alejandro Reyes 27 days ago

    I'm In love

  • radhika sharma
    radhika sharma 27 days ago

    man you r great ya
    I know you were very nerves
    because your eyes said that
    man but u controlled yourself and it was the great thing

  • shaundis buddyguy
    shaundis buddyguy 27 days ago

    Adorable .shes got tons of personality that one

  • Tasnia Islam
    Tasnia Islam 27 days ago

    This was really awesome! Also funny!

  • C.K. Brooke
    C.K. Brooke 28 days ago

    2K people are stupid haters

  • iLikeTheUDK
    iLikeTheUDK 29 days ago

    Well that was surprisingly deep.

  • The Daves I Know
    The Daves I Know 29 days ago

    She's the innovator of chaplinesque technoslapstick - the humour that allows both humans and androids to bond over a cup of synthale.

  • Radio Active
    Radio Active 29 days ago

    Your googly eyes shirt gave me an idea for a safety shirt. Thank you for your idea.

  • Doug Johnson
    Doug Johnson 29 days ago

    Glad to see Carrot Top looking better these days.

  • Charles Vattimo
    Charles Vattimo 29 days ago

    Here is a quote from Chicken Little's Dad:
    "If you set your expectations low, you won't be disappointed."
    Despite being pessimistic as well as a poor father figure, it looks like Simone took that quote to heart.

  • googoo g'joob
    googoo g'joob 29 days ago

    When the milenialls discover the entertainment

  • Pluto
    Pluto 29 days ago

    New favourite quote: "Maybe a toothbrush helmet isn't the answer, *but at least you're asking the question*."
    She's so good and funny and I love her!!! What an inspiration.

  • J Holmes
    J Holmes Month ago

    She is an inspiration.

  • Perry Stroika
    Perry Stroika Month ago

    The Japanese have a word for this : chindogu.

  • Mathematters
    Mathematters Month ago

    Oops. I read the title as, "Why you should make things useless." This may be a problem.

  • NΞOИ
    NΞOИ Month ago

    Most stupid strategies in games work the best.

  • smokeystriper
    smokeystriper Month ago

    All I can do is be is one more tini little thumbs up. She's awesome.

  • Jenny Butler
    Jenny Butler Month ago

    Expression of joy and humility!

  • S Roberts
    S Roberts Month ago

    Is it just me or did the audience seemed a bit dry?

  • Vincent Malpica
    Vincent Malpica Month ago

    Pretty useless, but really cool. Pretty sick-nasty if I do say so myself

  • A. Bern
    A. Bern Month ago

    worst audience ever

  • A. Bern
    A. Bern Month ago

    useless audience

  • Voidzy
    Voidzy Month ago

    This is the most capitalistic title

  • NiceTryBoi
    NiceTryBoi Month ago

    She didnt put a bullet point next to wrong things 6:42

  • Tom Cruise
    Tom Cruise Month ago

    shes smart but kinda cringe

  • Penefloi Z
    Penefloi Z Month ago

    She is feminist :'(

  • LydianLights
    LydianLights Month ago +1

    Wow your Swedish accent starts to come out when you're nervous, lol!
    Really funny talk; you're always inspiring!

  • Melody Nejad
    Melody Nejad Month ago

    WAIT wait wait wait wait...... you were in vancouver? I DIDNT KNOW IT WAS IN VANCOUVER i didnt even know we got TEDx in vancouver.....

  • Reviewing_Westworld

    Great talk!

  • diegosierra89
    diegosierra89 Month ago +1

    "I'm not an engineer"
    Oh I'm afraid you are indeed. You may just not have an engineering degree.

  • Bartholomäus
    Bartholomäus Month ago

    Nutella cookies! Mix 180 g Nutella, 1 egg, 150 g flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder and work into a smooth dough. Form small balls and bake in the oven preheated to 180°C for about 8-10 minutes.

  • Bartholomäus
    Bartholomäus Month ago


  • Lola
    Lola Month ago +2

    as someone who suffers from stage fright too this was really inspiring to watch !

  • Rickey Carter
    Rickey Carter Month ago +1

    Congratulations on the successful surgery. Can’t wait to see what you invent next.

  • Benjamin Andersen
    Benjamin Andersen Month ago

    Best type of related videos. Good job there youtube =)

  • Ethan Camilleri
    Ethan Camilleri Month ago

    Simone Giertz yeah

  • Aaron Darwish
    Aaron Darwish Month ago +1

    I know two people who can relate very well to her.
    They too made a very useless thing and called it a failure.
    These two people are my parents.
    And I happen to be the usless thing.

    • Nikolaj
      Nikolaj Month ago

      Aaron Darwish :(

  • Gabriel Waggoner
    Gabriel Waggoner Month ago

    She’s cute

  • saffron blu
    saffron blu Month ago

    Not "hysterically" funny, but very cute!😊

  • Sourav kumar
    Sourav kumar Month ago

    Ad was very nice

  • Santiapps IoT
    Santiapps IoT Month ago

    Do you have an email? I need help with a maker idea

  • bersontheAWESOME
    bersontheAWESOME Month ago

    Oh my God I love her

  • Ugly Barnacle
    Ugly Barnacle Month ago

    Well, my parents made me, so I guess they took your advice.

  • 123 456
    123 456 Month ago

    i wanna be on ted now

  • Jon Hohensee
    Jon Hohensee Month ago

    She's great.

  • Gotham's Knight
    Gotham's Knight Month ago

    I don't know why but she reminds me of Lilly from HIMYM. Her positivity is just infectious

  • DoN H
    DoN H Month ago

    she's actually the greatest in every way.

  • upsidedown
    upsidedown Month ago

    She's is so delightful. One of my friends likes to point out that there is the useless and the pointless. Art is (generally) useless, but certainly not pointless!

  • Positively Pessimistic Panda

    She is just so amazing and a mood