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Why you should make useless things | Simone Giertz

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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." Check out more TED Talks: http://www.ted.com The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Mark Silveira sr (6 hours ago)
Steve Taylor (20 hours 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 (1 day ago)
I just wanna hug you! <3
Ciel Phantomhive (1 day ago)
My brother is named leo and I sent him a message looking exactly like that... 4:18
Ciel Phantomhive (1 day ago)
She can be a comedian. Such a useless comment.
agm (1 day ago)
i adore this woman!
Ha Ba (1 day ago)
Burn Brian 2019 🔥💪🏼
Lauren Hamill (3 days ago)
Am I the only one who wants a googly eye shirt?
Mr. Handsome (5 days ago)
Ok, Il keep writing my comments then
Lorísek (8 days ago)
But what if she makes something usefull? Does she throw it away as an unsuccessfull robot?
Dispie Dark (9 days ago)
The robot asks: What my purpose in life Ricks answer: you pas the butter.
Rina Quartz (13 days ago)
Omg i literally love Simone giertz. She is one of the most down to earth and relatable person ever
lexi Williams (15 days ago)
I'm sorry but I'm not losing my virginity just to make another one of me
MiskiFox (21 days ago)
Those eyes are staring into my soul... 👁 👁
Sylenzo (21 days ago)
This is what my mother thought before having me
Made Pramana (26 days 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 (27 days ago)
Thank you!<3
Tenjiwe Moyana (27 days 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 🤣🤣
arianator Carpenter (28 days ago)
7:33 how about a straw?
Gülce Çayırlı (30 days ago)
Physics's (1 month ago)
What is the speech about? ... i'm from Việt Nam 🇻🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳
Talia (1 month ago)
She's so funny! I wish the audience laughed more
wzd leo (1 month ago)
Is this a part of your rejection therapy?
Abhija Kala (1 month ago)
Sade Ryan (1 month ago)
Funniest TED talk I’ve seen
Wolfer Night (1 month ago)
oh my God same! I thought I was the only one who put a notebook behind the presentation paper 😐
FaTaLxFury Esports (1 month ago)
Why does she has a safety pin as ear loops/earrings? Hmmm????
Maddisen Howard (1 month ago)
As a kid she reminded me so much of Debbie from shameless xD
Michael Muturi (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Simone Giertz, make a machine that can hit the like button for me!!
Jenna Portis (1 month ago)
Just me or that eyeball shirt cute..
Elvis Van (1 month ago)
🌆9PM Dec 9 2018~
Deegan Phillips (1 month ago)
I have an extension that turns millennials into "snake person" and I forgot and got scared
Phony Vidz (1 month ago)
just take useless and useful out and make things
Denny J (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Joy and humility...Great really
HarshaXSoaD (1 month ago)
I love this girl
reverbva (1 month ago)
That was entertaining. 😊 I love her channel and can’t wait for the next useless thing she builds!
(: (1 month ago)
Her parents liked this video. So they made her.
Ne Rion Rizalte (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
So that’s why I wasn’t adopted
random man (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
carrot tops daughter ?
Venkat A (1 month ago)
haenaa yunn (1 month ago)
SHe reminds me of sir ISAAC NEWTON! T.T
Brandy Moore (1 month ago)
Wait. She’s just kidding about picturing them naked being inappropriate, right?
Fil Strength (1 month ago)
I feel like she and Jenna Marbles would get along wonderful
Hans B (1 month ago)
I swear i love how she makes her jokes... Its just amazing
ć h i m m y (1 month ago)
I’m showing this to my mom later.
The world needs women, thank you.
Cymoon RBACpro (1 month ago)
chaschristiansen (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
damn this audience is tough
jupiter is a bean (1 month ago)
Omg this was so funny and insightful
You are awesome
Justin K. (1 month ago)
dukeistaan (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Finally, a video to justify my existence
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Emine Kaya (1 month ago)
Thanks cihan
Weltfenos (1 month ago)
She knows how to make people laugh i love it!
MadSpellz (1 month ago)
MadSpellz (1 month ago)
Eating machine
I thought that’s why some people breed?
Juliana A (1 month ago)
I love you, simone! o/
Arun Karthik (2 months ago)
Useless is also useful
badr elt (2 months ago)
good job.
Nintendo gamer 222 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
It gets so weird when you listen to her breathe in between her lines
Melanie Dean (2 months ago)
Think I found carrot tops smarter sister. Lol
بدور عبدالله (2 months ago)
ابي الفديو مترجم؟
Ricky Hernandez (2 months ago)
more ROVER i got interested in building robots  4:52
shane dennis (2 months ago)
Simone Girtz your superb, I've learnt so much from you and really I'm stunned .
katrinadancer (2 months ago)
I'm sorry but this wasn't even worthy of a TedX talk 🤣
Erin (2 months ago)
Why are people loving this so much?
Khaos Inoculation (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
So funny 😂
Mega Nerd (2 months ago)
My parents did a good job with me!
Sophie Galeas (2 months ago)
I love that shirt! And loved yout presentation!
Thân Cao (2 months ago)
i like you i am from vietnamese
Lior (2 months ago)
I laughed through the whole thing! this T?ED talk is A M A Z I N G.
spyburn007 (2 months ago)
MOODY & MADII (2 months ago)
she have such a funny soul. i love her
She's cute
Gorachand Badaraita (2 months ago)
You gonna too much creative...
bleudemo (2 months ago)
she looked so proud of herself after finishing aww
Lara Mitchell (2 months ago)
I love the shirt! Should be on Etsy!
Alissa (2 months ago)
Yes! Simone slaying a TED talk!
Tony KarlG (2 months ago)
I feel you were a little bit nervous on that day.. maybe i'm wrong about my thoughts..
Michael Kolker (2 months ago)
"Because Americans will buy it" The story of the 20th century.
Studio Papa (2 months ago)
George Andraos (2 months ago)
She's so funny no one was laughing
Hasindu Dilshan (2 months ago)
Simone Giertz, you are the wonder-woman! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lenne Float (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
so funny, l loved it and just subbed!
Michael Skinner (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Strike for process not perfection (*˘︶˘*).。.:*♡
radical adequacy (2 months ago)
the best person
televisionalternativ (2 months ago)
is so dope! :)

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