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 • 2 665

  • Lisa Mae Gilbert
    Lisa Mae Gilbert 13 hours ago

    Yesssss I love your channel!

  • Katakana!
    Katakana! Day 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 Day ago +1

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

  • Sabbir Hasan
    Sabbir Hasan Day ago

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

  • Kamalakannan A R
    Kamalakannan A R 2 days ago

    What an useless way to attract attention

  • Starlight Liar
    Starlight Liar 2 days ago


  • House Music by dattrax

    Best USclip channel ever!!!

  • Suziesoo
    Suziesoo 4 days ago

    Love, love, love this!!

  • Kaina Kuneho
    Kaina Kuneho 5 days ago

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

  • Tùng pro
    Tùng pro 5 days ago +1


  • Agent Ham
    Agent Ham 5 days ago +1

    I love this woman.

  • Sudarshan Pujari
    Sudarshan Pujari 6 days ago

    9.04 ... Charlie Chaplin still won’t buy it....sigh the modern times

  • Daniel Bathen
    Daniel Bathen 7 days ago


  • Jessica Ahearn
    Jessica Ahearn 8 days ago

    Please call your unnamed invention "The REALLY lazy Suzanne"

  • Matt Klimrod
    Matt Klimrod 8 days 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 9 days ago

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

  • art에반
    art에반 9 days ago

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

  • Sax And relax
    Sax And relax 10 days ago

    What an icon

  • Jeff Calvin
    Jeff Calvin 10 days 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 10 days ago

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

  • Jeff Calvin
    Jeff Calvin 10 days ago

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

  • rafael paolino
    rafael paolino 10 days ago

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

  • Sohayyel Sahel
    Sohayyel Sahel 11 days 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 11 days ago

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

  • uryakant919
    uryakant919 11 days ago


  • helmut lampshade
    helmut lampshade 11 days ago +1

    these ted things used to be good...

  • VVill
    VVill 11 days ago

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

  • Hedie Gh
    Hedie Gh 12 days ago

    I‘m in love 😍
    Who says it’s useless?

  • Clare D Jackman
    Clare D Jackman 12 days ago

    My new favourite ted talk. So entertaining but also poignant

  • Memey Yeemo
    Memey Yeemo 12 days ago

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

  • Medo General
    Medo General 14 days ago

    I'm so proud for u...

  • Monika Chuttani
    Monika Chuttani 15 days ago

    I am with you😊😊😊😊

  • faber panjaitan
    faber panjaitan 15 days ago


  • Mohammed Badra
    Mohammed Badra 16 days ago

    Just awesome!

  • BigMemeBoy666
    BigMemeBoy666 17 days ago +2

    This audience is so dead

    KARTICK MANNA 18 days 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 18 days ago

    10:21 was my favorite quote from her.

  • Rainman Slim
    Rainman Slim 18 days ago

    This was fantastic. I love it!

  • S B
    S B 20 days ago

    You are awesome.

  • Me
    Me 21 day ago

    I can't believe she went from great fear of humilation to this 👏👏👏👏👏 she's so strong and determined and she's growing

  • Me
    Me 21 day ago

    She is a genuis with great sense of humor ❤❤

  • Louise GaryAVBl
    Louise GaryAVBl 22 days ago

    I love her so much

  • Nina Ristic
    Nina Ristic 22 days ago

    From now on she’s my spirit animal

  • Hyung Suk Lim
    Hyung Suk Lim 23 days ago

    Keep up with your talent!

    ABUZE 23 days ago

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

  • Lancelot Xavier
    Lancelot Xavier 24 days ago

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

  • WasserGurke
    WasserGurke 24 days ago

    Proof that god exists.

  • Triple A Pearl
    Triple A Pearl 24 days ago

    I don’t know. I just love the way she thinks. Really impressive.

  • Mike Smith
    Mike Smith 25 days 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 25 days ago

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

  • PancakeVortex Plays
    PancakeVortex Plays 25 days ago

    ez ducc ez quacc

  • Acrimonious Mirth
    Acrimonious Mirth 26 days ago

    Ah, Simone... you are an inspiration.

  • Doodlescnof
    Doodlescnof 26 days ago

    like robots

  • K H
    K H 27 days ago

    Man, this viewpoint is really something. I'm not an engineer, but I am studying science, and I'm also an artist. The notion of this fearless creativity, a way to defeat performance anxiety and the need to succeed at everything which a lot of us (myself included) deal with, is really powerful I think.

  • Woodenwakka
    Woodenwakka 27 days ago

    One of us!

  • Alan Henness
    Alan Henness 28 days ago


  • IncenseGarden
    IncenseGarden 29 days ago

    OH man! Flint Lockwood in real life. LEGEND!

  • tubertom
    tubertom 29 days ago

    5:50 "Medium sized things" *awkward laugh

  • Vysair
    Vysair Month ago

    Did she really just accidentally create a fashion? I mean wow man that googly eye shirt thing is beautiful looking

  • NitsugaBarriosMangor

    Oh, I prefer the other method darling, I can picture you naked and I like it!!!

  • Thomas Roman
    Thomas Roman Month ago

    The machine at 08:00 comes from Charlie Chapplin :D

  • Za ko
    Za ko Month ago

    Now tell that to my Parents

  • Craig Heath
    Craig Heath Month ago

    Yep, find something you can get enthusiastic about, that's advice for life if I ever heard it. Awesome job!

  • AllyCatMusic
    AllyCatMusic Month ago +1


  • Charlie Ben
    Charlie Ben Month ago


  • Vitor Oliveira
    Vitor Oliveira Month ago

    Now that is funny, because i have also ansiety issues and i did also found a very similar solution.

  • patricia faria
    patricia faria Month ago

    she has Summer from Rick and morty voice ,-,

  • Ken
    Ken Month ago

    USclip. The famous for nothing place.

  • blanst01
    blanst01 Month ago

    wow Simone, more I watch you vidéo, more I admire you. (and enjoy it... the video of course) :)

  • Ty Gar
    Ty Gar Month ago +1

    Are you not allowed to laugh during a Ted Talk? She's fucking hilarous

  • Jade Wu
    Jade Wu Month ago

    I am just thinking about changing my focus from daily work to learning to be a happy maker in my daily life. Your TED Talk makes me feel more confident on my choice. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

  • hens are my life
    hens are my life Month ago

    She is a legend.

  • 이예솔
    이예솔 Month ago


  • mauronarf
    mauronarf Month ago

    Marry me!

  • Molly Bruins
    Molly Bruins Month ago

    That head orbiting machine was in Charlie Chaplinś ¨Modern Times.¨

  • Andres Olmos
    Andres Olmos Month ago

    Celeb crush? No, oh no. USclip crush, and it's her.

  • Borys G
    Borys G Month ago

    The best TED talk I have ever seen. ..... Simone..... I am waiting for more funny inwentions🤣😘😉

  • Liam H
    Liam H Month ago

    Her accent gets more shvedish when she's on stage compared to on USclip

  • Hira Muhammad
    Hira Muhammad Month ago

    LOL the popcorn

  • the Pink Kitty
    the Pink Kitty Month ago

    they aren't useless though. they have a use, they just can't do it well

  • InformationIsTheEdge

    Standing ovation at TED! PFG!

  • Chris Crissey
    Chris Crissey Month ago

    all the time when I have my own anxiety or my girlfriend has anxiety I try to remind her and myself to really look at what kind of rules we are hearing to what kind of social pressure is and what kind of imaginary rules that were following sometimes that are no longer even applicable. sometimes when I do this I realize if I want to wear a pickle on my head or if I want to wear pajamas to a party even though it's not a pajama party I can do whatever I want. It's that same mentality that when we're in adult if we want to come home and it's our house and we just want to take her pants off that's our business. as long as we are breaking the law or hurting anyone there's all kinds of rules that we don't have to adhere to and there's a certain empowerment in that. I love this video this is exactly what I try to tell my girlfriend all the time. My girlfriend worries all the time about "doing things right" and she gets anxiety and her handshake and shes scared. One day I decided to shave all of the beard I had grown off because it was really just a lazy person beard it wasn't like something I wanted to keep. I tried to convince her that since I was going to shave it all off she could not possibly do it wrong if I handed her the trimmer and if she wanted to carve a shape in it or anything she wanted it wouldn't matter because I was going to shave it all off anyway. I have this new trimmer that can't possibly cut me and she could just go ham. she was still a little too scared to do it but there's a certain empowerment in that that you can't really do it wrong especially if you just doing your own thing. And then something magical happens like this Google I shirt where the rest of the world is a little bit in awe of it because it's a personal expression that no one else has seen. I love this video it's great I'm going to share it with my girlfriend right now.

  • Timothy Makeups
    Timothy Makeups Month ago

    aww she's the fucking best! Love you SIMONE!!!

  • Blasted
    Blasted Month ago

    We all know that Simone badly wanted to say "I build Shi--y robots"

  • Jonas Hamill
    Jonas Hamill Month ago

    so about 25 minutes ago I was watching the video she did with Physics Girl where she says "Alexa set a timer for 45 minutes" which my echo interpreted as 25. When my echo sets off an alarm the philips hue bulbs in my apartment alternate flash. I'd completely forgotten about this and just as this video finished all the lights in my apartment began flashing. Suffice to say i was a little befuddled

  • Karina Matos
    Karina Matos Month ago

    She is so smart and funny! I like her!

  • Jonathan Rufino
    Jonathan Rufino Month ago

    It's ridiculous and I love it

  • Lauren Miller
    Lauren Miller Month ago

    Hehe. Reminds me the scenes from Modern Times, from Charlie Chaplin.

  • RoachDoggJR
    RoachDoggJR Month ago

    she is the most charming person i've ever seen omg

  • donna vitruviana
    donna vitruviana Month ago

    Ja, je, ji, jo, ju. Me parto.

  • Michael Skinner
    Michael Skinner Month ago

    I have Huge respect for you!

  • 290014
    290014 Month ago

    i wonder what her tattoo says 7:36

  • cr1t1cal
    cr1t1cal Month ago

    i don't understand what this is....... what is this.......

  • Aqsa Shah
    Aqsa Shah Month ago

    How brilliant

  • bukek siansu
    bukek siansu Month ago

    The Greatest Inventor All Time!!

  • natalie maki
    natalie maki Month ago

    when will ted talk

  • Seelz
    Seelz Month ago

    2k people have no life

  • N3WE11
    N3WE11 Month ago

    Dead audience

  • splartman
    splartman Month ago

    hail queen of r/shittyrobots, big ups.

  • richardhalo
    richardhalo Month ago

    Hey Ted, how's the "pedophilia is a normal sexual orientation" campaign going?