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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  • Deepali Gupta
    Deepali Gupta 2 days ago

    I don't know why but I cried at the end 🙌💛

  • MoaisNotmyname
    MoaisNotmyname 2 days ago

    I'm tearing up. That was me. Her past self was just like I was, and to be honest I still am. Performance anxiety is one of the worst feelings, because it holds you back from doing these incredible things you know you will enjoy. I still struggle with it every day, being a student and all, but I'm going to take Simone's words to heart because this is incredible. I might not be able to make useless robots (yet), but perhaps I can start at my struggle with making art and perhaps make a useless drawing OF a robot. Just because it's fun.

  • Brenda Sanchez
    Brenda Sanchez 5 days ago

    That googly eye shirt is low key a look, tho 👀

  • Rakshit Puri
    Rakshit Puri 9 days ago

    At 9:37 I thought, "That's a bad idea!". She will hit herself in the face with a glass.

  • installtekz Ltd
    installtekz Ltd 10 days ago

    youtube is getting worse

  • Kurt E. Clothier
    Kurt E. Clothier 11 days ago +1

    I built robots randomly, and them seem to always get nervous and misbehave when filmed.

  • sebastian vasquez
    sebastian vasquez 11 days ago

    The Best ♥️

  • webtelles
    webtelles 13 days ago

    She reminds me Alyson Hannigan (Michelle Flaherty from American Pie). Jokes aside, I love her inventions!

  • Timecast
    Timecast 15 days ago


  • Cortessa Riotsté
    Cortessa Riotsté 15 days ago

    Her shirt is cute, from affar..lol

  • XDiamondX90
    XDiamondX90 16 days ago

    She's an angel.

  • 何冰
    何冰 17 days ago


  • emDawg
    emDawg 20 days ago

    Is she not the most adorable thing????

  • Kirti P
    Kirti P 21 day ago

    Ooo she's reminds me of the main character from Cloudy with a chance of meatballs

  • Trav
    Trav 21 day ago

    So amazing, such an inspirational woman, & this is pre-brain-surgery? I can totally see now what you mean with your right eye, i had never noticed with your other videos in the past but until now, again such a powerful woman, keep doing what you do, we love you :)

  • Razat Sutradhar
    Razat Sutradhar 23 days ago

    Wait i know that controller. Vex v4.

  • Omega
    Omega 28 days ago

    Watch Michael Reeves.

  • Venom Simoxy
    Venom Simoxy 28 days ago +1

    She's actually rly funny. Tbh Probably the best TED vid in my opinion

  • Kevin West
    Kevin West 29 days ago

    Dumbest video I’ve ever watched.

  • Talia Wiggins
    Talia Wiggins 29 days ago

    So, is that google-eyed shirt hand wash only or...

  • Darksoft
    Darksoft 29 days ago

    just thinking of michael reeves

  • moon
    moon Month ago

    I do that. See my videos!

    BLACKLIGHT Month ago

    now that is science

  • Ξενοφώντας Σούλης

    1) B on a Maths test?!?!?! I have never gotten under 19.6/20 and I feel really stupid for two times I got under 20/20.
    2) What about playing piano with hands shaking?

  • AverageDoggo
    AverageDoggo Month ago


  • manga belajar
    manga belajar Month ago

    Is this girl that bragging she is too pretty?

  • Julia P
    Julia P Month ago

    Literally everyone: the perfect girl doesn’t exist
    Simone: Hold my beer

  • Flykope
    Flykope Month ago

    Simone Giertz is Awesome

  • K R
    K R Month ago

    I would recommend that you don't give up you day job. Useless stuff is right. What a waste of time.

  • Swrika Arya
    Swrika Arya Month ago


  • aasofjg
    aasofjg Month ago


  • shriram
    shriram Month ago

    This video is so useless

  • Minxie Venom
    Minxie Venom Month ago

    She's awesome

  • Elaine Nelson
    Elaine Nelson Month ago

    10/10, would marry.

  • cony.!! pls animes
    cony.!! pls animes Month ago +1

    start up say you first have to identify a true life problem study it. understand the final origin of the problem love the meaning of philosophical implication that is miss but in the behind it want to some one rescue it. project your extension of random indagation stuff to form the best extencion from the problem the problem is the north of diversification shaping of your invention.

  • Broomer Cars
    Broomer Cars Month ago

    I got an add about a Joyfill And Then Read The Desc And It says Joyful...

  • The Yoten
    The Yoten Month ago

    Michael Reeves.

  • French_ baguette
    French_ baguette Month ago

    Eh whatever

  • Gabrielle Baalke
    Gabrielle Baalke Month ago

    The millennilal comment. The best. :)

  • Проскурин Глеб

    Just a plagiat of charly chaplin

  • Holidayin germany
    Holidayin germany Month ago

    Funny perhaps but kinda useless.

    PERIDOT Month ago


  • Marty Mcmannis
    Marty Mcmannis Month ago

    Reminds me about the scarecrow that won an award, he was outstanding in his field. Oh yeah, girl, will you be my wife? Cause I do love you. It had to be said.

  • Karen Cancel
    Karen Cancel Month ago

    I laughed so loud with the drone hair-cutter when the dummy fell! Hilarious! Her inventions are funny and all she did was to explain, why there were ....USELESS?

  • E. K.
    E. K. Month ago

    Tough crowd...

  • Reema Mathur
    Reema Mathur Month ago

    10/10 with toothbrush machine

  • Miyu Miyu
    Miyu Miyu Month ago

    Fun machines. . . 3:42 can i get a cupped version of this hand machine thing. . . for science.

  • I_haz_no_comments
    I_haz_no_comments Month ago +1

    U can make useless thing but make sure is free and useful like seriously

  • I_haz_no_comments
    I_haz_no_comments Month ago +1

    I made a drink helmet instead 2 ice tea at the side and expandable straws to my mouth while playing fortnite cos i get bored

  • Paul Diamond
    Paul Diamond Month ago

    This is what you get when an artist want to play with hardware. I love it.

  • Not Saying
    Not Saying Month ago

    I want to build useless robots now. 😂😂😂😂😂

  • Axphey007
    Axphey007 Month ago

    Audience seems German.

  • Diamante Blu
    Diamante Blu Month ago

    I sottotitoli in ITALIANO? Dove sono?

  • Ricky Borkar
    Ricky Borkar Month ago

    this girl is very sweet

  • Jakub Schmidt
    Jakub Schmidt Month ago

    She's adorable

  • lil snacc
    lil snacc Month ago +2

    *this comment is useless.*

  • Untold 2016
    Untold 2016 Month ago

    and don't try to construct a f__k machine !

  • Untold 2016
    Untold 2016 Month ago

    The Decapitator !

  • inkoftheworld
    inkoftheworld Month ago

    I always feel so bad for female content creators, they get bombarded by creepy dudes. But I guess if you can harness all the creeps' attention and build a career out of it, maybe it has some value. lmao

  • Mark Silveira sr
    Mark Silveira sr 2 months ago


  • Steve Taylor
    Steve Taylor 2 months ago

    Having fun with whatever you're making is useful. In such a materialistic society, it can be hard to understand that. But it's true. Keep on having fun Simone! Thanks for sharing the fun with us. We could all use it, so keep it up.

  • Davide Bevilacqua
    Davide Bevilacqua 2 months ago

    I just wanna hug you!

  • Ciel Phantomhive
    Ciel Phantomhive 2 months ago

    My brother is named leo and I sent him a message looking exactly like that... 4:18

  • Ciel Phantomhive
    Ciel Phantomhive 2 months ago

    She can be a comedian. Such a useless comment.

  • WrestleMock
    WrestleMock 2 months ago

    i adore this woman!

  • Ha Ba
    Ha Ba 2 months ago

    Burn Brian 2019 🔥💪🏼

  • Lauren Hamill
    Lauren Hamill 2 months ago

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

  • Mr. Handsome
    Mr. Handsome 2 months ago +5

    Ok, Il keep writing my comments then

  • Lorísek
    Lorísek 2 months ago

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

  • Dispie Dark
    Dispie Dark 2 months ago

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

  • Rina Quartz
    Rina Quartz 2 months ago


  • Emily Wacker
    Emily Wacker 2 months ago +4

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

  • lexi Williams
    lexi Williams 2 months ago

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

  • Kivy
    Kivy 2 months ago

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

  • Sylenzo
    Sylenzo 2 months ago

    This is what my mother thought before having me

  • Made Pramana
    Made Pramana 2 months 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 2 months ago

    Thank you!

  • Tenjiwe Moyana
    Tenjiwe Moyana 2 months 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 🤣🤣

  • Tanisha Pandey
    Tanisha Pandey 2 months ago

    7:33 how about a straw?

  • Gülce Çayırlı
    Gülce Çayırlı 3 months ago


  • Physics's
    Physics's 3 months ago

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

  • Talia
    Talia 3 months ago

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

  • wzd leo
    wzd leo 3 months ago

    Is this a part of your rejection therapy?

  • Abhija Kala
    Abhija Kala 3 months ago


  • Sade Ryan
    Sade Ryan 3 months ago

    Funniest TED talk I’ve seen

  • Wolfer Night
    Wolfer Night 3 months 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 months ago

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

  • Maddisen Howard
    Maddisen Howard 3 months ago

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

  • Michael Muturi
    Michael Muturi 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago +1

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

  • Jenna Portis
    Jenna Portis 3 months ago +5

    Just me or that eyeball shirt cute..

  • Elvis Van
    Elvis Van 3 months ago

    🌆9PM Dec 9 2018~

  • Deegan Phillips
    Deegan Phillips 3 months ago

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

  • Phony Vidz
    Phony Vidz 3 months ago +1

    just take useless and useful out and make things

  • Denny J
    Denny J 3 months 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 3 months ago

    Joy and humility...Great really

  • HarshaXSoaD
    HarshaXSoaD 3 months ago

    I love this girl

  • reverbva
    reverbva 3 months ago

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