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 • 2 909

  • Voidzy
    Voidzy 5 hours ago

    This is the most capitalistic title

  • NiceTryBoi
    NiceTryBoi 6 hours ago

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

  • Tom Cruise
    Tom Cruise 6 hours ago

    shes smart but kinda cringe

  • Penefloi Z
    Penefloi Z 13 hours ago

    She is feminist :'(

  • LydianLights
    LydianLights 18 hours ago

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

  • Melody Nejad
    Melody Nejad 19 hours 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
    Reviewing_Westworld 22 hours ago

    Great talk!

  • diegosierra89
    diegosierra89 Day ago

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

  • Bartholomäus
    Bartholomäus Day 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 Day ago


  • Lola
    Lola Day ago

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

  • Rickey Carter
    Rickey Carter Day ago

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

  • Benjamin Andersen
    Benjamin Andersen 2 days ago

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

  • Ethan Camilleri
    Ethan Camilleri 2 days ago

    Simone Giertz yeah

  • Aaron Darwish
    Aaron Darwish 2 days 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 4 hours ago

      Aaron Darwish :(

  • Gabriel Waggoner
    Gabriel Waggoner 2 days ago

    She’s cute

  • saffron blu
    saffron blu 3 days ago

    Not "hysterically" funny, but very cute!😊

  • Sourav kumar
    Sourav kumar 3 days ago

    Ad was very nice

  • Santiapps IoT
    Santiapps IoT 3 days ago

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

  • bersontheAWESOME
    bersontheAWESOME 4 days ago

    Oh my God I love her

  • Ugly Barnacle
    Ugly Barnacle 4 days ago

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

  • 123 456
    123 456 5 days ago

    i wanna be on ted now

  • Jon Hohensee
    Jon Hohensee 5 days ago

    She's great.

  • Nida Khan
    Nida Khan 6 days ago

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

  • DoN H
    DoN H 6 days ago

    she's actually the greatest in every way.

  • upsidedown
    upsidedown 6 days 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

  • jan weng
    jan weng 8 days ago

    Crazy. Funny. Entertaining!

    HEALTHY BTS 8 days ago

    omg my life is complete im going to show this to the rest of the fam

  • Sam's Fairy • Lights

    She's funny AND she's got *Vewie Nice legs owo*

  • Ayush Sinha
    Ayush Sinha 8 days ago

    Can I please steal your brain and become you pls

  • Sammy Heck
    Sammy Heck 9 days ago

    "What a time to be alive" I DIED!

  • liquerinfrnt
    liquerinfrnt 9 days ago

    I wonder how much she beat herself up afterward for saying "evolve" instead of "revolve"

  • Zoey Lowlands
    Zoey Lowlands 9 days ago

    The message to stop trying to be perfect and just play is very important I think. Thanks Simone. You inspired me.

  • Camilla's Vibes
    Camilla's Vibes 10 days ago


  • Harry TM
    Harry TM 10 days ago

    she is very strong and positive, hope her surgery will go well!!

  • Troy Gowty
    Troy Gowty 10 days ago

    Should have called it the H2HalO

  • Ο Επιστήμων
    Ο Επιστήμων 11 days ago

    You don't know how much this helped me. I was in a completely different situation, but the general mindset just made me decide to keep going. I needed that.

  • Mohit Kangotra
    Mohit Kangotra 11 days ago

    That's smart

  • athe lightz
    athe lightz 11 days ago

    kinda weird that this is the one time a TED audience doesn't laugh too easily

  • Gowtham mx
    Gowtham mx 11 days ago

    Was anyone else reminded of Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times?

  • Mr. Meeseeks
    Mr. Meeseeks 12 days ago +1

    Perfect girls don't exi-

  • Lamp
    Lamp 12 days ago

    The audience was dead

  • Adonis Nesser
    Adonis Nesser 13 days ago +1

    First time I ever teared up from a TED talk was her closing statement

  • BESTpart Capture
    BESTpart Capture 13 days ago

    Simone Giertz I think the world really love useless thing esp. when they are presented with joy,humility and confidence at least the audience do...

  • musiCrickette
    musiCrickette 13 days ago

    1:30 and I already love it!!!💙💚

  • ZomBiE_TraSh
    ZomBiE_TraSh 14 days ago

    i hope the brain surgery went great Simone!!

  • Thomas Grönlund
    Thomas Grönlund 14 days ago

    Moving pass those stuff?

    • Thomas Grönlund
      Thomas Grönlund 14 days ago

      What!, It is not ok, to imagen people naked any more?😂

  • maricar arcillo
    maricar arcillo 14 days ago

    The speaker is a great communicator because she was able to send her message clearly towards her audience. Her audience definitely understood her message based on their feedbacks. Moreover, she showed to the audience the wonderful things she invented which helped the audience to understand more the message she was conveying.

  • Ashutosh Nayak
    Ashutosh Nayak 15 days ago

    In love again!!!!!!

  • Parth Karnawat
    Parth Karnawat 15 days ago

    Just what I needed to hear !
    Thanks for the motivation Simone.

  • ou cecilia
    ou cecilia 16 days ago

    You are an original, Simone =)

  • Tiner Je
    Tiner Je 16 days ago

    It’s funny

  • Sindy101 YT
    Sindy101 YT 17 days ago

    I watch Simone Giertz

  • Bad Time Studios
    Bad Time Studios 18 days ago

    I appear to have invented
    A knife wielding tentacle.

  • PsychoticSociologist
    PsychoticSociologist 18 days ago

    New subscriber yaaay Simone

  • PsychoticSociologist
    PsychoticSociologist 18 days ago

    I’m writing a volume of useless books that will never be published. Seriously,
    I love this TED Talk... uselessness is actually a useful tool. 😘😘😘😘😘

  • vaishnavi bhavya
    vaishnavi bhavya 18 days ago

    I love her so much💕

  • MyNiggerDickerIsBigger

    Some say awkwardness is attractive. Her awkwardness wasn't. It was only annoying and cringeworthy.

  • The Meat
    The Meat 19 days ago

    USclip, enough said

  • Lúthien Merilin
    Lúthien Merilin 19 days ago

    It’s interesting that you approach this from the perspective of engineering. If you take out the regular usability that engineering strives towards but succeed in having your creations fulfill another, but very meaningful purpose (like getting a message across), then you’re creating art.
    If you haven’t already done so, please have a look at Jean Tinguely’s work, eg. usclip.net/video/Noe5-awlbfw/video.html ... I am quite certain that it will delight you.

  • Lúthien Merilin
    Lúthien Merilin 19 days ago

    Incidentally, did you ever watch Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times? There’s an eating machine in there as well: usclip.net/video/ewNLCkA0oBk/video.html

  • Prob_io
    Prob_io 20 days ago

    I'm really sorry for this girl...she made so many jokes nobody laughed at....

  • Gia Rica I
    Gia Rica I 20 days ago


  • Danielle Swenson
    Danielle Swenson 22 days ago

    Simone, your enthusiasm is contagious and charming - thanks for sharing it with us!

  • Francesco P
    Francesco P 23 days ago

    cool thoughts, thanks!

  • Seekerone D
    Seekerone D 23 days ago

    Way to go girl.

  • Pedro Custodio
    Pedro Custodio 23 days ago

    My ideal career has been a computer hardware engineer. To me, she's an inspiration

  • ViewSonic
    ViewSonic 23 days ago

    This girl is amazing

  • Michael Honeycutt
    Michael Honeycutt 24 days ago

    Great talk Simone! You’re special! Spatial? Don’t mind me, I have brain damage, lol!😂❤️

  • Lifessuccessnz
    Lifessuccessnz 24 days ago

    This was crap!

  • Suhas HE
    Suhas HE 24 days ago

    This entire video was bullshit

  • sunny pailwan
    sunny pailwan 24 days ago

    Make my day

  • Pixel Svuce
    Pixel Svuce 24 days ago

    Your machines are not useless untill you look and speak beautiful.And you found the best solution for performance anxiety.

  • PK Fire
    PK Fire 25 days ago


  • Wimsem - Tekenen & Knutselen

    Wow I watched the whole thing
    I have adhd so I rarely can do that

  • Wimsem - Tekenen & Knutselen

    10:29 aw the timing..

  • Wimsem - Tekenen & Knutselen

    My stutter learns me to make mistakes too

  • Sam Samuel's
    Sam Samuel's 25 days ago

    She is so charming ❤

  • Sebin Sebastian
    Sebin Sebastian 25 days ago


  • Asger Vestbjerg
    Asger Vestbjerg 26 days ago

    Thanks for sharing :-)

  • Deanna Earley
    Deanna Earley 27 days ago

    This video made me subscribe to her. Well done Simone, and keep on failing!

    WSKYSIERRA G 28 days ago


  • Jurie Weidemann
    Jurie Weidemann 29 days ago

    This woman is absolutely amazing! I love her attitude toward life - she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had it removed and her attitude and sense of humour was always upbeat...or at least that's what she portrayed! Well done Simone

  • Robert Fishman
    Robert Fishman Month ago

    She is so cute! ^_^

  • Al!sonIsHere
    Al!sonIsHere Month ago

    7:38 She has a safety pin in her ear and I’m low key living for it.

  • Al!sonIsHere
    Al!sonIsHere Month ago

    Yo almost all the people that watched this subbed.

  • Mr John
    Mr John Month ago

    this is not useless this is content

  • Joseph Groves
    Joseph Groves Month ago

    "Easiest way to become top of your field is to be in a very small field"

  • Juain, who-ain
    Juain, who-ain Month ago


  • Ben Rohrbaugh
    Ben Rohrbaugh Month ago

    Fun fact: Simone had a big fuckin' tumor in her head when she gave this talk. She had it removed a few weeks ago and now she has big badass scar instead.

  • HeatherJustCreate
    HeatherJustCreate Month ago

    Yay Female USclip Creator!! Awesome talk Simone! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  • Nathalie mayer
    Nathalie mayer Month ago

    I LOVE that!!!! 👏👏👏👏

  • jeff young
    jeff young Month ago

    She's so damn cute

  • Hue Lu
    Hue Lu Month ago

    I read “rarely succeed making anything useful at all”...

  • Gregory May
    Gregory May Month ago

    Wow all the energy spent on watching and responding to useless information. So why am I here? Cause of the 1,700,000 people who disliked it and the other 60K + who liked it enough to comment on it. Are those positive comments even read?

  • Courtney Blake
    Courtney Blake Month ago


  • MrTomcun
    MrTomcun Month ago

    I just hate TED talks.

  • Hayuko Pandora
    Hayuko Pandora Month ago

    Lmao, my stomach hurt of all that laughing 😂😂😂

  • Angelica
    Angelica Month ago +1

    I don't know why I'm crying :))