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 • 2 850

  • Lauren Hamill
    Lauren Hamill Day ago

    Am I the only one who wants a googly eye shirt?

  • Mr. Handsome
    Mr. Handsome 3 days ago +1

    Ok, Il keep writing my comments then

  • Lorísek
    Lorísek 6 days ago

    But what if she makes something usefull? Does she throw it away as an unsuccessfull robot?

  • Dispie Dark
    Dispie Dark 7 days ago

    The robot asks: What my purpose in life
    Ricks answer: you pas the butter.

  • Rina Quartz
    Rina Quartz 11 days ago


  • Just the ordinary life JTOL

    Omg i literally love Simone giertz. She is one of the most down to earth and relatable person ever

  • lexi Williams
    lexi Williams 13 days ago

    I'm sorry but I'm not losing my virginity just to make another one of me

  • MiskiFox
    MiskiFox 19 days ago

    Those eyes are staring into my soul... 👁 👁

  • Sylenzo
    Sylenzo 19 days ago

    This is what my mother thought before having me

  • Made Pramana
    Made Pramana 24 days ago

    Thank you so much for the talk. Doing something useless or creating something useless may not always be a bad thing. In fact it could be something good to do. Like you do here, with your enthusiasm, sharing something that you really like to do, even if it looks not worthed to do, but it turns out to be a good thing. Thank you so much.

  • Lily Pham
    Lily Pham 24 days ago

    Thank you!

  • Tenjiwe Moyana
    Tenjiwe Moyana 24 days ago

    You are just so awesome. And what you’re doing is not at all easy - building robots?!! Keep doing it :) and I love your dry humour 🤣🤣

  • arianator Carpenter
    arianator Carpenter 25 days ago

    7:33 how about a straw?

  • Gülce Çayırlı
    Gülce Çayırlı 27 days ago


  • Physics's
    Physics's 29 days ago

    What is the speech about? ...
    i'm from Việt Nam 🇻🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳

  • Talia
    Talia Month ago

    She's so funny! I wish the audience laughed more

  • wzd leo
    wzd leo Month ago

    Is this a part of your rejection therapy?

  • Abhija Kala
    Abhija Kala Month ago


  • Sade Ryan
    Sade Ryan Month ago

    Funniest TED talk I’ve seen

  • Wolfer Night
    Wolfer Night Month ago

    oh my God same! I thought I was the only one who put a notebook behind the presentation paper 😐

  • FaTaLxFury Esports
    FaTaLxFury Esports Month ago

    Why does she has a safety pin as ear loops/earrings? Hmmm????

  • Maddisen Howard
    Maddisen Howard Month ago

    As a kid she reminded me so much of Debbie from shameless xD

  • Michael Muturi
    Michael Muturi Month ago

    Are these ideas worth spreading, a machine to brush your teeth? I am am sure that is humanities greatest problem, brushing teeth, really.... and the justification is "at least you are asking the question"???, this is a whole new mountain of stupid

  • Sean C
    Sean C Month ago +1

    You don't really need a machine to brush your teeth with; there is another way, one that involves no machine, no brushing.....just some chewing. What it requires is some form of sugar-free chewing gum, a dab of toothpaste, and some medium-fine grained sand (like beach sand, for instance). You chew the gum a bit to get it nice and malleable, then spit it out and flatten it down as much as you can. Then you add that dab of toothpaste, and sprinkle some sand on top, then kind of roll that gum back up so the toothpaste and sand is inside a new little ball. Then just pop that sucker back in your mouth and chew away....The toothpaste will deal with bacteria and whitening, the sand will handle the "scrubbing" to get the crud off your teeth, and the gum is mostly there to keep the whole process going, and because trying to "chew" on just paste and sand really doesn't seem at all effective or particularly easy......

  • Lucian Comanda
    Lucian Comanda Month ago

    Well, that’s mind blowing! But what’s more mind blowing is that this app called BenePit.io will give you token just by making regular phone calls and watching ads!

  • panda panda
    panda panda Month ago +1

    Simone Giertz, make a machine that can hit the like button for me!!

  • Jenna Portis
    Jenna Portis Month ago +1

    Just me or that eyeball shirt cute..

  • Elvis Van
    Elvis Van Month ago

    🌆9PM Dec 9 2018~

  • Deegan Phillips
    Deegan Phillips Month ago

    I have an extension that turns millennials into "snake person" and I forgot and got scared

  • Phony Vidz
    Phony Vidz Month ago +1

    just take useless and useful out and make things

  • Denny J
    Denny J Month ago

    Simone, you're a genius, and worthy successor to Rube Goldberg. Your videos should be shown to every class in school 2nd grade and up. Hero girl!

  • Shreya Mundada
    Shreya Mundada Month ago

    Joy and humility...Great really

  • HarshaXSoaD
    HarshaXSoaD Month ago

    I love this girl

  • reverbva
    reverbva Month ago

    That was entertaining. 😊
    I love her channel and can’t wait for the next useless thing she builds!

  • (:
    (: Month ago

    Her parents liked this video. So they made her.

  • Ne Rion Rizalte
    Ne Rion Rizalte Month ago

    Hey Simone Giertz! Hoping you'll still read this. This may be not so important for you but for me it is. I never knew we're experiencing the same problem. I also love making things out of my imaginary. The difference only is I'm still stuck in that problem.😅 And this video completely inspired me.. I'm very thankful that TED Talk made this video.. Thank you so much.😁

  • Ay Boi
    Ay Boi Month ago

    So that’s why I wasn’t adopted

  • random man
    random man Month ago

    why do all the people that do these have the same speaking patterns, does someone in the back prep them, ok so by law you have to speak in this sort of way, think of it if you were giving a eulogy but in more positive tones

  • random man
    random man Month ago

    carrot tops daughter ?

  • Venkat A
    Venkat A Month ago


  • haenaa yunn
    haenaa yunn Month ago +1

    SHe reminds me of sir ISAAC NEWTON! T.T

  • Brandy Moore
    Brandy Moore Month ago

    Wait. She’s just kidding about picturing them naked being inappropriate, right?

  • Fil Strength
    Fil Strength Month ago

    I feel like she and Jenna Marbles would get along wonderful

  • Hans B
    Hans B Month ago

    I swear i love how she makes her jokes... Its just amazing

  • ć h i m m y
    ć h i m m y Month ago

    I’m showing this to my mom later.


    The world needs women, thank you.

  • Cymoon RBACpro
    Cymoon RBACpro Month ago


  • chaschristiansen
    chaschristiansen Month ago

    This was just an amazing change of pace from everything I have seen in the past year. Loved it, you truely did a great job.

  • Lola H
    Lola H Month ago

    damn this audience is tough

  • jupiter is a bean
    jupiter is a bean Month ago

    Omg this was so funny and insightful


    You are awesome

  • Justin K.
    Justin K. Month ago +1


  • dukeistaan
    dukeistaan Month ago

    just awesome, innocent and pure your thoughts about technology and innovation is, super duper like to it, also another like for the enthu in you

  • Melannie Malonzo
    Melannie Malonzo Month ago

    Finally, a video to justify my existence

  • sally jokia
    sally jokia Month ago

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  • Emine Kaya
    Emine Kaya Month ago

    Thanks cihan

  • Weltfenos
    Weltfenos Month ago

    She knows how to make people laugh i love it!

  • MadSpellz
    MadSpellz Month ago


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    I thought that’s why some people breed?

  • Juliana A
    Juliana A Month ago

    I love you, simone! o/

  • Arun Karthik
    Arun Karthik Month ago

    Useless is also useful

  • badr elt
    badr elt Month ago

    good job.

  • Nintendo gamer 222
    Nintendo gamer 222 Month ago

    If you have a reason to do something, then that action is not useless. It may see like it is, but it really isn't.

  • Bilal Aveiro
    Bilal Aveiro 2 months ago

    It gets so weird when you listen to her breathe in between her lines

  • Melanie Dean
    Melanie Dean 2 months ago

    Think I found carrot tops smarter sister. Lol

  • بدور عبدالله

    ابي الفديو مترجم؟

  • Ricky Hernandez
    Ricky Hernandez 2 months ago

    more ROVER i got interested in building robots 4:52

  • shane dennis
    shane dennis 2 months ago

    Simone Girtz your superb, I've learnt so much from you and really I'm stunned .

  • katrinadancer
    katrinadancer 2 months ago

    I'm sorry but this wasn't even worthy of a TedX talk 🤣

  • Erin
    Erin 2 months ago

    Why are people loving this so much?

  • Khaos Inoculation
    Khaos Inoculation 2 months ago

    No.. We shouldn't build useless things. That's why were struggling to weigh mass depopulation through war to secure resources for our mindless mass. We could be diverting resources from things like calculators that exist digitally in all smartphones to increasing the standards of all in one devices. At the same time increasing standards for AI learning systems to make VIRTUAL useless things to look for things that can be used in needed things. Sorry sweety, but in the real world, disease logic ends with APEX reasoning, and that means who is left alive. Please don't inspire that.. Because we have disease warlabs between heavily populated areas of the mass world wide ON PURPOSE. G20..

  • jonathan sarson
    jonathan sarson 2 months ago

    So funny 😂

  • Mega Nerd
    Mega Nerd 2 months ago

    My parents did a good job with me!

  • Sophie Galeas
    Sophie Galeas 2 months ago

    I love that shirt! And loved yout presentation!

  • Thân Cao
    Thân Cao 2 months ago

    i like you
    i am from vietnamese

  • Lior
    Lior 2 months ago

    I laughed through the whole thing! this T?ED talk is A M A Z I N G.

  • spyburn007
    spyburn007 2 months ago


    MOODY & MADII 2 months ago +5

    she have such a funny soul. i love her

  • Анастасия Сорокина

    She's cute

  • Gorachand Badaraita
    Gorachand Badaraita 2 months ago

    You gonna too much creative...

  • bleudemo
    bleudemo 2 months ago

    she looked so proud of herself after finishing aww

  • Lara Mitchell
    Lara Mitchell 2 months ago

    I love the shirt! Should be on Etsy!

  • Alissa
    Alissa 2 months ago

    Yes! Simone slaying a TED talk!

  • Tony KarlG
    Tony KarlG 2 months ago

    I feel you were a little bit nervous on that day.. maybe i'm wrong about my thoughts..

  • Michael Kolker
    Michael Kolker 2 months ago

    "Because Americans will buy it"

    The story of the 20th century.

  • George Andraos
    George Andraos 2 months ago

    She's so funny no one was laughing

  • Hasindu Dilshan
    Hasindu Dilshan 2 months ago

    Simone Giertz, you are the wonder-woman! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Lenne Float
    Lenne Float 2 months ago

    Simone help me i have a 71 in math and its end of marking period. Im really not sure whats gonna make any of my performance anxiety go away because my grades totally arent helping

  • Momma O
    Momma O 2 months ago +2

    so funny, l loved it and just subbed!

  • Michael Skinner
    Michael Skinner 2 months ago

    That's hard work and dedication👌. Remember, even in your failures, you inspire others...
    If I could give you a hug, I would...

  • Jackie Zhang
    Jackie Zhang 2 months ago +2

    Strike for process not perfection (*˘︶˘*).。.:*♡

  • radical adequacy
    radical adequacy 2 months ago

    the best person

  • televisionalternativ
    televisionalternativ 2 months ago

    is so dope! :)

  • angry ranger
    angry ranger 2 months ago

    The world needs more people like Simone. She is genuinely curious, intelligent and seems to see the good in everything.

  • Marj Weir
    Marj Weir 2 months ago

    I've reinvented my life - took me longer than her to figure that out! I'm carving out a niche for myself inventing >VERY< useful things. See PrepNserve.com It has been a long haul but once you realize it is the journey and it's supposed to be fun, it all flows better. She has some hilarious videos (the vegetable cutter would work well with my product! One container could hold all the digits she cuts off). Performance anxiety? Nope! She totally overcame that!

  • Wolf Boy
    Wolf Boy 2 months ago

    The fact that TED is now putting content out like THIS is proof that TED is just a joke now.

  • alexa o
    alexa o 2 months ago +2

    I hate that the crowd didnt laugh at some of her jokes. That was rude.

    • Studio Papa
      Studio Papa 2 months ago

      +alexa o I would seek better one liners

    • alexa o
      alexa o 2 months ago

      +Studio Papa its called being polite my guy. Unless its your friends (if you have any) in which they dont give a care if you laugh or not, you should at least give a chuckle even if its not that funny if its an acquaintance or someone not as important. How would you like it if you thought of an original joke that you are pretty proud of and you tell a large group of people and everyone doesnt care and stays silent

    • Studio Papa
      Studio Papa 2 months ago

      not really, i don't endlessly suck people's toes for no reason.

    • alexa o
      alexa o 2 months ago

      +Studio Papa thats a sad life u living bro

    • Studio Papa
      Studio Papa 2 months ago

      +alexa o yes

  • Ana Guerreiro
    Ana Guerreiro 2 months ago

    One of the best talks. Really funny, one can't understand why was the audience so quite

  • enigma mist
    enigma mist 2 months ago +7

    *Stand up comedy + Innovation*

  • Elvis Van
    Elvis Van 2 months ago +1

    She's so cute ~~😍😆👏