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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  • Sade Ryan
    Sade Ryan Day ago

    Funniest TED talk I’ve seen

  • Wolfer Night
    Wolfer Night Day ago

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

  • FaTaLxFury Esports
    FaTaLxFury Esports 3 days ago

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

  • Maddisen Howard
    Maddisen Howard 3 days ago

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

  • Michael Muturi
    Michael Muturi 4 days 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 4 days 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 5 days 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 5 days ago +1

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

  • Jenna Portis
    Jenna Portis 5 days ago +1

    Just me or that eyeball shirt cute..

  • Elvis Van
    Elvis Van 5 days ago

    🌆9PM Dec 9 2018~

  • Deegan Phillips
    Deegan Phillips 7 days ago

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

  • Phony Vidz
    Phony Vidz 8 days ago +1

    just take useless and useful out and make things

  • Denny J
    Denny J 9 days 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 10 days ago

    Joy and humility...Great really

  • HarshaXSoaD
    HarshaXSoaD 10 days ago

    I love this girl

  • reverbva
    reverbva 11 days ago

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

  • (:
    (: 11 days ago

    Her parents liked this video. So they made her.

  • Kitty Sav
    Kitty Sav 12 days ago

    Oh you pretty Chitty Bang Bang

  • Ne Rion Rizalte
    Ne Rion Rizalte 13 days 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 14 days ago

    So that’s why I wasn’t adopted

  • random man
    random man 14 days 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 14 days ago

    carrot tops daughter ?

  • Venkat A
    Venkat A 14 days ago


  • haenaa yunn
    haenaa yunn 15 days ago +1

    SHe reminds me of sir ISAAC NEWTON! T.T

  • Brandy Moore
    Brandy Moore 15 days ago

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

  • Fil Strength
    Fil Strength 15 days ago

    I feel like she and Jenna Marbles would get along wonderful

  • Hans B
    Hans B 16 days ago

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

  • c h i m m y
    c h i m m y 16 days ago

    I’m showing this to my mom later.


    The world needs women, thank you.

  • Cymoon RBACpro
    Cymoon RBACpro 17 days ago


  • chaschristiansen
    chaschristiansen 17 days 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 17 days ago

    damn this audience is tough

  • jupiter is a bean
    jupiter is a bean 17 days ago

    Omg this was so funny and insightful


    You are awesome

  • Justin K.
    Justin K. 17 days ago +1


  • dukeistaan
    dukeistaan 19 days 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 19 days ago

    Finally, a video to justify my existence

  • sally jokia
    sally jokia 20 days ago

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  • Emine Kaya
    Emine Kaya 23 days ago

    Thanks cihan

  • Weltfenos
    Weltfenos 23 days ago

    She knows how to make people laugh i love it!

  • MadSpellz
    MadSpellz 24 days ago


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    I thought that’s why some people breed?

  • Juliana A
    Juliana A 24 days ago

    I love you, simone! o/

  • Arun Karthik
    Arun Karthik 24 days ago

    Useless is also useful

  • badr elt
    badr elt 25 days ago

    good job.

  • Nintendo gamer 222
    Nintendo gamer 222 25 days 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 26 days ago

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

  • Melanie Dean
    Melanie Dean 27 days ago

    Think I found carrot tops smarter sister. Lol

  • بدور عبدالله

    ابي الفديو مترجم؟

  • Ricky Hernandez
    Ricky Hernandez 28 days ago

    more ROVER i got interested in building robots 4:52

  • shane dennis
    shane dennis 29 days ago

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

  • katrinadancer
    katrinadancer Month ago

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

  • Erin
    Erin Month ago

    Why are people loving this so much?

  • Khaos Inoculation
    Khaos Inoculation Month 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 Month ago

    So funny 😂

  • Mega Nerd
    Mega Nerd Month ago

    My parents did a good job with me!

  • Sophie Galeas
    Sophie Galeas Month ago

    I love that shirt! And loved yout presentation!

  • Thân Cao
    Thân Cao Month ago

    i like you
    i am from vietnamese

  • Lior
    Lior Month ago

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

  • spyburn007
    spyburn007 Month ago


    MOODY & MADII Month ago +4

    she have such a funny soul. i love her

  • Анастасия Сорокина

    She's cute

  • Gorachand Badaraita

    You gonna too much creative...

  • bleudemo
    bleudemo Month ago

    she looked so proud of herself after finishing aww

  • Lara Mitchell
    Lara Mitchell Month ago

    I love the shirt! Should be on Etsy!

  • Alissa
    Alissa Month ago

    Yes! Simone slaying a TED talk!

  • Tony KarlG
    Tony KarlG Month ago

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

  • Michael Kolker
    Michael Kolker Month ago

    "Because Americans will buy it"

    The story of the 20th century.

  • George Andraos
    George Andraos Month ago

    She's so funny no one was laughing

  • Hasindu Dilshan
    Hasindu Dilshan Month ago

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

  • Lenne Float
    Lenne Float Month 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 Month ago +2

    so funny, l loved it and just subbed!

  • Michael Skinner
    Michael Skinner Month 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 Month ago +2

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

  • radical adequacy
    radical adequacy Month ago

    the best person

  • televisionalternativ

    is so dope! :)

  • angry ranger
    angry ranger Month 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 Month 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 Month 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 Month ago +1

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

    • Studio Papa
      Studio Papa Month ago

      +alexa o I would seek better one liners

    • alexa o
      alexa o Month 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 Month ago

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

    • alexa o
      alexa o Month ago

      +Studio Papa thats a sad life u living bro

    • Studio Papa
      Studio Papa Month ago

      +alexa o yes

  • Ana Guerreiro
    Ana Guerreiro Month ago

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

  • enigma mist
    enigma mist Month ago +4

    *Stand up comedy + Innovation*

  • Elvis Van
    Elvis Van Month ago +1

    She's so cute ~~😍😆👏

  • PlasmaBurns
    PlasmaBurns Month ago

    Apples Motto.

  • asdalow
    asdalow Month ago

    What is written onto your arm?
    As I can see, it is written with braille alphabet, and according to this site: braillebug.afb.org/braille_print.asp, it spells:
    What does that mean?

  • Maddy Robb
    Maddy Robb Month ago

    I want a google eye shirt now 👀

  • chirpyfish
    chirpyfish Month ago

    Absolutely awesome gal 👌👌👌👌

  • Yakko Warner
    Yakko Warner Month ago

    This girl is my spirit animal

  • L Martinez
    L Martinez Month ago

    I have no time to make useless things and anyway it happens spontaneously without planning it.

  • Yellow is awesome
    Yellow is awesome Month ago

    I love her

  • Ana Soren
    Ana Soren Month ago

    I really like the popcorn part..

  • Danish ALI
    Danish ALI Month ago

    Simone Giertz you're the liberator for the upcoming generation of petrified teens

  • lyraface
    lyraface Month ago

    This crowd is kinda dull

  • Jackson Sunny
    Jackson Sunny Month ago

    The best ted talk i've ever heard

  • Narendra Tripathi
    Narendra Tripathi Month ago


  • Ron Villejo
    Ron Villejo 2 months ago

    Well done, I love this lady!

  • Broguy 22
    Broguy 22 2 months ago

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

    X OPPAI X 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 USclip, that is useless, worse than useless actually, because of the dishonest and the deception.