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 • 2 728

  • Narendra Tripathi
    Narendra Tripathi 4 hours ago


  • Ron Villejo
    Ron Villejo 19 hours ago

    Well done, I love this lady!

  • Broguy 22
    Broguy 22 Day ago

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

    X OPPAI X 2 days ago +1

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

  • Ron Tocknell
    Ron Tocknell 3 days ago

    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

  • Echo Drive
    Echo Drive 3 days ago

    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.

    • Echo Drive
      Echo Drive 3 days ago

      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 TVclip, that is useless, worse than useless actually, because of the dishonest and the deception.

  • felipe alem
    felipe alem 3 days ago

    This was the best TED ever.

  • Rossolini
    Rossolini 4 days ago

    MODERN TIMES!!!!!!! :-)

  • Mohd saleem
    Mohd saleem 5 days ago

    Oooh cuteness ๐Ÿ˜˜

  • sooof1839
    sooof1839 6 days ago

    That crowd sucked

  • Dale W
    Dale W 7 days ago

    Useless video

  • Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf 7 days ago

    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...

  • Carrie Williams
    Carrie Williams 7 days ago

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

  • New Song Guitar Collaboration

    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.

  • Khairuddin Che Othman

    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?

  • Gy Random
    Gy Random 9 days ago

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

  • Hans Lepoeter
    Hans Lepoeter 10 days ago

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

  • J R
    J R 10 days ago

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

  • mohammed shees
    mohammed shees 11 days ago

    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 ,

  • Elle Whittington
    Elle Whittington 12 days ago

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

  • Yash Pal Goyal
    Yash Pal Goyal 13 days ago

    2:10 she was looking funny !!

  • adil khan
    adil khan 14 days ago

    i love TED

  • Hobo Final FLASH
    Hobo Final FLASH 14 days ago

    people allergic to laughing there?

  • ravi parmar
    ravi parmar 15 days ago

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

  • S314159265358979
    S314159265358979 15 days ago

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

  • Quentin Louisiana
    Quentin Louisiana 16 days ago

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

  • Despicable Penguin
    Despicable Penguin 17 days ago +1

    She should be a fashion designer because I want that shirt

  • downbntout
    downbntout 17 days ago +1

    Take that, perfectionism!

  • Alicia Rose
    Alicia Rose 18 days ago

    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

  • A.J 7
    A.J 7 18 days ago

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

  • NaijaGuy
    NaijaGuy 18 days ago

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

  • Hong Frank
    Hong Frank 18 days ago

    There is no such a thing as a useless thing.

  • Daniel Muรฑoz
    Daniel Muรฑoz 19 days ago

    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

  • Jakub Hac
    Jakub Hac 19 days ago

    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.

  • Mark Arnott
    Mark Arnott 19 days ago

    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

  • Max P
    Max P 20 days ago

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

  • Ray John Alovera
    Ray John Alovera 20 days ago

    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.

  • salinda Fernando
    salinda Fernando 20 days ago

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

  • Kittypawlove
    Kittypawlove 20 days ago

    Good talk!!

  • arna s
    arna s 21 day ago

    *elon musk has left the chat*

  • jonathan chan
    jonathan chan 22 days ago

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

  • the mathew
    the mathew 23 days ago

    Well said

    URAJ SINGH SASAN 24 days ago

    How did her brain surgery went?

  • Zayades
    Zayades 24 days ago

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

  • Steak Chang
    Steak Chang 24 days ago

    Oooohhh! I watch her vidssss

  • Lisa Mae Gilbert
    Lisa Mae Gilbert 25 days ago

    Yesssss I love your channel!

  • Katakana!
    Katakana! 26 days ago

    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..._

  • Dr3adL0rdhg
    Dr3adL0rdhg 26 days ago +2

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

  • Sabbir Hasan
    Sabbir Hasan 26 days ago

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

  • Kamalakannan A R
    Kamalakannan A R 27 days ago

    What an useless way to attract attention

  • Starlight Liar
    Starlight Liar 27 days ago


  • House Music by dattrax

    Best TVclip channel ever!!!

  • Suziesoo
    Suziesoo 29 days ago

    Love, love, love this!!

  • Kaina Kuneho
    Kaina Kuneho Month ago

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

  • Tรนng pro
    Tรนng pro Month ago +1


  • Agent Ham
    Agent Ham Month ago +1

    I love this woman.

  • Sudarshan Pujari
    Sudarshan Pujari Month ago

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

  • Daniel Bathen
    Daniel Bathen Month ago


  • Jessica Ahearn
    Jessica Ahearn Month ago

    Please call your unnamed invention "The REALLY lazy Suzanne"

  • Matt Klimrod
    Matt Klimrod Month ago

    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...

  • Tutterzoid
    Tutterzoid Month ago

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

  • art์—๋ฐ˜
    art์—๋ฐ˜ Month ago

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

  • Sax And relax
    Sax And relax Month ago

    What an icon

  • Jeff Calvin
    Jeff Calvin Month ago

    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

  • Jeff Calvin
    Jeff Calvin Month ago

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

  • Jeff Calvin
    Jeff Calvin Month ago

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

  • rafael paolino
    rafael paolino Month ago

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

  • Sohayyel Sahel
    Sohayyel Sahel Month ago

    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??

  • Justin Proctor
    Justin Proctor Month ago

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

  • uryakant919
    uryakant919 Month ago


  • helmut lampshade
    helmut lampshade Month ago +1

    these ted things used to be good...

  • VVill
    VVill Month ago

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

  • Hedie Gh
    Hedie Gh Month ago

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

  • Clare D Jackman
    Clare D Jackman Month ago

    My new favourite ted talk. So entertaining but also poignant

  • Memey Yeemo
    Memey Yeemo Month ago

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

  • Medo General
    Medo General Month ago

    I'm so proud for u...

  • Monika Chuttani
    Monika Chuttani Month ago

    I am with you๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  • faber panjaitan
    faber panjaitan Month ago


  • Mohammed Badra
    Mohammed Badra Month ago

    Just awesome!

  • Jasper
    Jasper Month ago +2

    This audience is so dead

    KARTICK MANNA Month ago

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

  • Froste Bite
    Froste Bite Month ago

    10:21 was my favorite quote from her.

  • Rainman Slim
    Rainman Slim Month ago

    This was fantastic. I love it!

  • S B
    S B Month ago

    You are awesome.

  • Me
    Me Month ago

    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

  • Me
    Me Month ago

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

  • Louise GaryAVBl
    Louise GaryAVBl Month ago

    I love her so much

  • Nina Ristic
    Nina Ristic Month ago

    From now on sheโ€™s my spirit animal

  • Hyung Suk Lim
    Hyung Suk Lim Month ago

    Keep up with your talent!

    ABUZE Month ago

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

  • Lancelot Xavier
    Lancelot Xavier Month ago

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

  • WasserGurke
    WasserGurke Month ago

    Proof that god exists.

  • Triple A Pearl
    Triple A Pearl Month ago

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

  • Mike Smith
    Mike Smith Month ago

    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

  • Zac N
    Zac N Month ago

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

  • PancakeVortex Plays

    ez ducc ez quacc

  • Acrimonious Mirth
    Acrimonious Mirth Month ago

    Ah, Simone... you are an inspiration.