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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  • Evzen Evangelista
    Evzen Evangelista 3 hours ago

    sad to think she's suffering with brain tumor over her right eye which is kinda ironic watch her channel to get updated and give her support

  • Stefan VanSchoyck
    Stefan VanSchoyck 7 hours ago

    she adorable

  • Izzy
    Izzy 9 hours ago

    One of the best TED talks I've EVER seen. What a wonderful person.

  • Amy G
    Amy G 12 hours ago

    She's awesome :)

  • Petitio Principii
    Petitio Principii 13 hours ago

    If I weren't an atheist, I'd build a dozen praying robots to pray for her whole brain tumor situation to get solved with no problem. At least we know that she's not going to perform a surgery on herself with her own robots.

  • Marissa Noelle
    Marissa Noelle 13 hours ago

    Yes. Inspirational

  • Marcus Polus
    Marcus Polus 16 hours ago

    I'm a millennial and I SMASHED that thumbs up at the Millennial joke.

  • محمد بسام
    محمد بسام 16 hours ago

    We need Arabic subtitles plz

  • Eric Neel
    Eric Neel 17 hours ago

    Such a wonderful girl.

  • Timothy Peacock
    Timothy Peacock 18 hours ago

    You did such a good job Simone!!! I love your channel and have been a subscriber for a while :)

  • Robbie Vigil
    Robbie Vigil 19 hours ago


  • Alfred Clement
    Alfred Clement 21 hour ago

    a conveyor belt sushi!

  • Daniel Adeyemi
    Daniel Adeyemi 21 hour ago

    😂 💜 👏🏽 Hilarious and Inspiring! You have a new subscriber

  • Vivek Kumar
    Vivek Kumar Day ago

    It's all great and all but nobody else would have become successful doing the same thing, for obvious reasons ofc .

  • junior cabrera
    junior cabrera Day ago

    She’s so frickin cool I already love her 💗

  • MrAnimal1971
    MrAnimal1971 Day ago

    Great job Simone, Always enjoy the humor. your the best.

  • Bulous me Fab
    Bulous me Fab Day ago +2

    Exxageration, she is just another entertainer.she is just selling stupid things and useless things to make her famous....i don't get any enlightment and new informative knowledge from her Ted talk. I'm wasting my time. Ted, she is just trying to earn money from her useless channel...and the audience were bored already

  • QuintonFlynn
    QuintonFlynn Day ago

    This is incredible Simone! You're at the top of your game, thank you for doing this talk!

  • Daniel Alves
    Daniel Alves Day ago


  • Henry Lehtovirta

    Her accent is so flawless :D

  • Gunas Hanuman
    Gunas Hanuman Day ago

    On the shoulders of Prof. Pott's

  • Helrison Hebert
    Helrison Hebert Day ago


  • Satou
    Satou Day ago +1

    Tough crowd

  • Rahul
    Rahul Day ago

    I saw it when it had 2K views (:

  • Tony Morris
    Tony Morris Day ago

    Simone is one of my favorite makers. Thank you for inviting her to give a TED Talk!

  • NinjaOnANinja
    NinjaOnANinja Day ago

    She is exactly like me. What is scary, she also discovered a tumor in her head, yes, just like me.
    Currently going to school for engineering and psychology and playing league of legends in my down time. The thing about league is I am very good at it and climbing fast and the world, when they can watch me, when I am not screwed like I am right now, is tagging along and cheering me on.
    I do that as well as Activisim. I speak from a top of a soap box. Anyway, pretty good at lots, amazing at some, and terrible at math and memory. They are related.
    Anyway, love you girl, as a random man in the net, we should get married.
    One last thing. Chip and Dale rescue rangers. There is a character named Gadget, you can see where I am going with this, I always loved her and thought she was so cute and awesome with her useless stuff that is actually useful and amazing. This chick is just like her. Pale, light hair, engineering. Hard to say no.
    Anyway, enough.
    K bye

  • Abhishek Kasar
    Abhishek Kasar Day ago +1

    I lovveee her sacrifice for science...🤣🤣🤣

  • Abhishek Kasar
    Abhishek Kasar Day ago +1

    She is awesome

  • zapfanzapfan
    zapfanzapfan Day ago +2

    Awesome propcomic, next stop Las Vegas? :-)

  • BaldingClamydia
    BaldingClamydia Day ago +1

    Do you think I can get one of those shirts?

  • Charles Hitchcock
    Charles Hitchcock Day ago +1

    She lost me with her opening statement about how its wrong to picture everyone in your audience naked. Great, another SJW soapbox! Guess I'll stop watching TED Talks.

  • MrMichael8806
    MrMichael8806 Day ago +1

    Simone is awesome!

  • Becca
    Becca Day ago +1


  • Unit27
    Unit27 2 days ago +1


  • Niall
    Niall 2 days ago +1

    She is my hero

  • Gideon Tsang
    Gideon Tsang 2 days ago +1

    Great job Simone!

  • Bradley Abel
    Bradley Abel 2 days ago +1

    What are all of these people taking notes on... I’m soooooo confused

  • Thaddeus Podulke
    Thaddeus Podulke 2 days ago +1

    Her accent is alot more noticeable when she's nervous

  • He Man
    He Man 2 days ago +1

    Meanwhile in camp penis - men have made space rockets and travelled to other planets

  • ASMR Smiling Face
    ASMR Smiling Face 2 days ago +1

    Thank you, that it's so good.

  • Carlos Andres Arias
    Carlos Andres Arias 2 days ago +1

    people pay money to view this on TED stage?

  • Run R
    Run R 2 days ago +1

    Great and inspiring! Have a speedy recovery, Simone!

  • Jessi Reece
    Jessi Reece 2 days ago

    My girl did a TED talk!!!! I adore her!!! I'm like a proud mom.

  • Matteo Sinatra
    Matteo Sinatra 2 days ago

    Carrot Top's act has sure changed a lot over the years...

  • Ethan Reusora
    Ethan Reusora 2 days ago

    *Reads the title*
    Me: I bet my parents watched this before they made me

  • YC Wang
    YC Wang 2 days ago +1

    Yes, those kinds of stuff are useless, or we can say that every prototype or research is useless, for the first time. What really important is the idea. So later other people can implement those ideas or improve the products.

  • Paul Adam
    Paul Adam 2 days ago

    That shirt is literally your subconscious screaming at you...note it

  • Robert Fast
    Robert Fast 2 days ago

    The Great Exhibition!

  • forkmaster
    forkmaster 3 days ago

    OMG not only has she charm, but she has great things to say while giving humorous results.

  • Jonassoe
    Jonassoe 3 days ago

    Does she have a tattoo in braille?

  • Daniel Ham
    Daniel Ham 3 days ago

    So she's the female version of Carrot Top. Got to work a little on the timing and delivery but much better looking. :)

  • Kristina Baker
    Kristina Baker 3 days ago

    I'm pretty sure she has Asperger's Syndrome...
    If not that. Obviously, Severe Anxiety...
    That was great!

  • Shweta Crawford
    Shweta Crawford 3 days ago

    Why can’t all teenagers be like her ???

  • Pump Truck
    Pump Truck 3 days ago

    This is the video my parents watched before i was conceived

  • You and what toaster?

    Make useless things that still teach you something, otherwise you become a modern artist.

  • C. Matt Scott
    C. Matt Scott 3 days ago

    I love Simone so much

  • Kolya Vashchishin
    Kolya Vashchishin 3 days ago

    Simone best as always!)

  • Secret Forreddit
    Secret Forreddit 3 days ago

    Love you, Simone! You can get through it! We think you're awesome!

  • Molly Boord
    Molly Boord 3 days ago

    Ahh I love Simone!!! Her robots are so funny

  • thfiv
    thfiv 3 days ago

    why am i watching this

  • durchndurch
    durchndurch 3 days ago

    Good talk. i laughed and learned. Perfect match. Thank you!

  • Z lives matter
    Z lives matter 3 days ago

    your mom & dad made you...and that's about as useless as one can get

  • Plum_ Pie
    Plum_ Pie 3 days ago

    GL simone. please PLEASE do an ebike build

    (tiny insignifigant sidenot cause your gonna be fine :D )oh yeah and good luck with the brain tumor thingy

  • Chasity B.
    Chasity B. 3 days ago

    I love her so much 😂

  • Majek temmy
    Majek temmy 3 days ago

    You're healed in Jesus' name. Awesome video

  • NarnianGirl02
    NarnianGirl02 3 days ago

    10:14 i though it would fall on the ground and that it was glass, glad it wasn't

  • Bryan Hermannsson
    Bryan Hermannsson 3 days ago

    So so moving! Thank you Simone.

  • Federico Jimbo Smithson

    how about... a machine that can excellently aid you to make me a sandwich...

  • Anak Kampung
    Anak Kampung 3 days ago

    Today you can make nice things but future, you'll make great things

  • Dr Roomba
    Dr Roomba 4 days ago

    brillant. thankyou Simone

  • John Pover
    John Pover 4 days ago

    Heath Robinson would be proud.

  • Stephen Lumley
    Stephen Lumley 4 days ago

    Amazing... Thank you.... : - )

  • Knut Eiane
    Knut Eiane 4 days ago

    Best TED-talk I have seen in a long time. Well done, Simone!

  • HighOnAmmo
    HighOnAmmo 4 days ago

    cryin from laughter @ the popcorn hand...omfg lmao

  • Blood_Tears_Bones
    Blood_Tears_Bones 4 days ago

    The queen of useless machines has graced TedX with her very presence. You should feel honored.

  • Seth Yeates
    Seth Yeates 4 days ago

    Love you and your channel Simone.

  • Jen P
    Jen P 4 days ago

    I wonder where she found the googly eyes

  • Nick Jackson
    Nick Jackson 4 days ago

    at least its not a chinese sitcom....

  • petalumapapi
    petalumapapi 4 days ago

    So inspiring

  • TJ. R
    TJ. R 4 days ago

    She's is amazing

  • Kim
    Kim 4 days ago

    I love Simone!

  • Sean Patterson
    Sean Patterson 4 days ago

    Wonderful job. Thank you for sharing your life and insights with the world.

  • LFC Podcasting Couch

    Wonderful! Well done, Simone

  • Sage TX
    Sage TX 4 days ago +1

    Good luck with your surgery. Hope things are fog well!!

  • Devin Murray
    Devin Murray 4 days ago

    Your Swedish accent really came out in this video!

  • SouthernKudzu
    SouthernKudzu 4 days ago

    So TED is now allowing just anyone to give a speech? And about nothing at all?

  • radiovan7
    radiovan7 4 days ago

    Entertaining! I often wish I had gotten a mechanical engineering degree because it would help a lot for designing things that move. Robotics uses mechanical, electronic and programming skills and 3d printing is very useful too.

  • Swashed Productions
    Swashed Productions 4 days ago +1

    The tumor shows

  • Kirill Dudnikov
    Kirill Dudnikov 4 days ago

    Suddenly fall in love...

  • JB J
    JB J 5 days ago +1

    Loved the rotating neck brace.

  • Jesus ThrewTables
    Jesus ThrewTables 5 days ago

    Ted talks are usually pathetic. I like this one. Intelligent woman.

  • Bethany  Hovi
    Bethany Hovi 5 days ago

    I love the guy at 3:18 taking notes, like, "Damn, and all this time I've been trying to beat Stephen Hawking when I could just build some robots for international recognition".

  • zxcvzxc
    zxcvzxc 5 days ago

    Time to make a baby? 🤔🤭✌️

  • lazer tag
    lazer tag 5 days ago

    japanese been doing this for years.. search useless japanese inventions i think they even have a word for it

  • lazer tag
    lazer tag 5 days ago

    if she is german how come she has zero accent..

  • Guyunderthepillow
    Guyunderthepillow 5 days ago

    She has incredibly hot legs

  • Travis Rowell
    Travis Rowell 5 days ago

    ladies and gentleman, the new carrot top.

  • A. Townsend
    A. Townsend 5 days ago

    Im not wearing any panties.

  • imir8atu
    imir8atu 5 days ago

    Be Well. PEACE...