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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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Khaos Inoculation (1 day 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 days ago)
So funny 😂
Mega Nerd (4 days ago)
My parents did a good job with me!
Sophie Galeas (5 days ago)
I love that shirt! And loved yout presentation!
Thân Cao (5 days ago)
i like you i am from vietnamese
Lior (8 days ago)
I laughed through the whole thing! this T?ED talk is A M A Z I N G.
spyburn007 (8 days ago)
MOODY & MADII (9 days ago)
she have such a funny soul. i love her
She's cute
Gorachand Badaraita (9 days ago)
You gonna too much creative...
bleudemo (10 days ago)
she looked so proud of herself after finishing aww
Lara Mitchell (10 days ago)
I love the shirt! Should be on Etsy!
Alissa (11 days ago)
Yes! Simone slaying a TED talk!
Tony KarlG (11 days ago)
I feel you were a little bit nervous on that day.. maybe i'm wrong about my thoughts..
Michael Kolker (14 days ago)
"Because Americans will buy it" The story of the 20th century.
Studio Papa (1 day ago)
George Andraos (14 days ago)
She's so funny no one was laughing
Hasindu Dilshan (15 days ago)
Simone Giertz, you are the wonder-woman! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lenne Float (15 days 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 (15 days ago)
so funny, l loved it and just subbed!
Michael Skinner (16 days 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 (16 days ago)
Strike for process not perfection (*˘︶˘*).。.:*♡
radical adequacy (17 days ago)
the best person
televisionalternativ (18 days ago)
is so dope! :)
angry ranger (18 days ago)
The world needs more people like Simone. She is genuinely curious, intelligent and seems to see the good in everything.
Marj Weir (19 days ago)
I've reinvented my life - took me longer than her to figure that out! I'm carving out a niche for myself inventing >VERY< useful things. See http://PrepNserve.com It has been a long haul but once you realize it is the journey and it's supposed to be fun, it all flows better. She has some hilarious videos (the vegetable cutter would work well with my product! One container could hold all the digits she cuts off). Performance anxiety? Nope! She totally overcame that!
Wolf Boy (19 days ago)
The fact that TED is now putting content out like THIS is proof that TED is just a joke now.
alexa o (20 days ago)
I hate that the crowd didnt laugh at some of her jokes. That was rude.
Studio Papa (8 hours ago)
+alexa o Laughing should only be done if you find something funny. Sorry, but her jokes kinda suck.
alexa o (8 hours ago)
Than how boi
Studio Papa (9 hours ago)
+alexa o that's not how that works
alexa o (9 hours ago)
Studio Papa (1 day ago)
Ana Guerreiro (21 days ago)
One of the best talks. Really funny, one can't understand why was the audience so quite
enigma mist (21 days ago)
*Stand up comedy + Innovation*
Elvis Van (21 days ago)
She's so cute ~~😍😆👏
PlasmaBurns (21 days ago)
Apples Motto.
asdalow (21 days ago)
7:36 What is written onto your arm? As I can see, it is written with braille alphabet, and according to this site: http://braillebug.afb.org/braille_print.asp, it spells: klaoyn What does that mean?
Maddy Robb (22 days ago)
I want a google eye shirt now 👀
chirpyfish (23 days ago)
Absolutely awesome gal 👌👌👌👌
Yakko Warner (23 days ago)
This girl is my spirit animal
L Martinez (24 days ago)
I have no time to make useless things and anyway it happens spontaneously without planning it.
Yellow is awesome (26 days ago)
I love her
Ana Soren (26 days ago)
I really like the popcorn part..
Danish ALI (27 days ago)
Simone Giertz you're the liberator for the upcoming generation of petrified teens
lyraface (27 days ago)
This crowd is kinda dull
Jackson Sunny (27 days ago)
The best ted talk i've ever heard
Narendra Tripathi (28 days ago)
Ron Villejo (29 days ago)
Well done, I love this lady!
Broguy 22 (30 days ago)
She reminds me of that sweet reporter from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
X OPPAI X (30 days ago)
If I thought of people naked watching me... I would feel like I was gonna get raped for some reason
Ron Tocknell (1 month ago)
The logic of striving for failure: If your goal is failure, every time you fail, you succeed in your objective and, if you fail in your objective, it's because you inadvertently succeeded. You can't lose
Echo Drive (1 month ago)
I really appreciate anyone actually trying and building something. No matter how simple it may seem. And sharing the anthusiasm and the spirit of designing and building. Thing doesn't always work as you may have thought or expected, that's why you have to build, to truly understand.
Echo Drive (1 month ago)
I think the word "useless" in the title is a reflection of humility, because what she builds are NOT useless. You wanna see something truly useless? The "free-energy" thingy that some people build and demonstrate on YouTube, that is useless, worse than useless actually, because of the dishonest and the deception.
felipe alem (1 month ago)
This was the best TED ever.
Rossolini (1 month ago)
MODERN TIMES!!!!!!! :-)
Mohd saleem (1 month ago)
Oooh cuteness 😘
ewb (1 month ago)
That crowd sucked
Dale W (1 month ago)
Useless video
Lone Wolf (1 month ago)
Mount a 3d scanner on that orbital rig and patent it, there, you got yourself a million dollar, not so useless, invention.... Keep tinkering girl ... We are rooting for you...
Carrie Williams (1 month ago)
Omg I laughed historically, this video is fantastic and I love the message!!
Sorry Simone, I'm already married. Your talk was wonderful. Thank you for showing me that facing the future from an unlikely angle is what it takes to be successful.
Khairuddin Che Othman (1 month ago)
hi, I just want to ask, sometimes its not us who really hard on us, but the people around us. especially, the one who we love or the one who love us. So, sometimes, they expect more from us. What to do?
Gy Random (1 month ago)
Simone your great..keep it up...and hope your starting to get better
Hans Lepoeter (1 month ago)
That is fantastic. All of it. Keep on going ...
J R (1 month ago)
the thumbnail on this video makes it look like i've watched it already... change it
mohammed shees (1 month ago)
its excellent motivation i'm proud of u simone ,may Allah give u lots of happiness in your life ,may Allah bless u forever ,may Allah shine your life ,
Good girl, keep it up!
Elle Whittington (1 month ago)
"I would try to create things that would fail" Video begins buffering. Apparently that includes the youtube video...
Yash Pal Goyal (1 month ago)
2:10 she was looking funny !!
adil khan (1 month ago)
i love TED
Hobo Final FLASH (1 month ago)
people allergic to laughing there?
ravi parmar (1 month ago)
Invent for yourself and you happiness. Not for others , You might change the world !
S314159265358979 (1 month ago)
It's still stupid and useless. Maybe not for her, but for other idiots who decide to follow
Alexis Barnstaple (1 month ago)
A very plain average looking woman. No men dropping sexual comments
Despicable Penguin (1 month ago)
She should be a fashion designer because I want that shirt
downbntout (1 month ago)
Take that, perfectionism!
Alicia Rose (1 month ago)
I don't make robots but I make digital art and the community is so closed and expectations are so high but you made me relax and realize that I should be doing this because I enjoy it. And not worry what others think. Art is subjective anyways. And its okay to fail
A.J 7 (1 month ago)
She really doing useless things, as her show is useless.
NaijaGuy (1 month ago)
Can't pay bills anymore since I started making useless things.
Hong Frank (1 month ago)
There is no such a thing as a useless thing.
Daniel Muñoz (1 month ago)
i think the mayority of the possitive comments its because she is pretty. But really the only thing she is saying is: Give you permission to fail. Something nothing new in the manage of stress
Jakub Hac (1 month ago)
The positive energy in this talk can cure anyone from depression, or just about anything that makes them feel like a potato. I see why so many guys wanted her instantaneously.
Mark Arnott (1 month ago)
ElectricBoom & Dave EEV - Our Aussie guy 🤪👉💡⚡ sent us Simone NAh i just found you myself shh A bit comedy is the way to success or how u slip pass security shh :) Good thing u have going simone 👍🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️ i subribed i like a laugh as u learn its my6 way ever since i found out comedy & learning go hand in hand 👉👍 🐌(<( - (< (- 📣-> 💬 wot? - Hes Making it all up as he goes along 🙀 🕊
Max P (1 month ago)
Ive ccome to a moment where i have watched so much youtube im unsure if ive already watched a video or not
Ray John Alovera (1 month ago)
This inspired me. It gets hard to fight that voice in your head. It gets to a point where I can't move even if the answer is right in front of me. Fear of failure takes over and the thought of starting turns into 2 months' worth of daydreaming until the drive just fades away. This video made a great impact and possibly changed my life (work(job) and play). This is possibly all of those "just friggin' do it" articles summarized into 12 minutes in video form. Thanks, Simone.
salinda Fernando (1 month ago)
Great one ... Proud of you... Keep doing those useless things :D.
Kittypawlove (1 month ago)
Good talk!!
arna s (1 month ago)
*elon musk has left the chat*
Evolutionary Biology
jonathan chan (1 month ago)
Even a failure on stage, you don't feel like a failure of the show! Nice job, Simone!
the mathew (1 month ago)
Well said
URAJ SINGH SASAN (1 month ago)
How did her brain surgery went?
Zayades (1 month ago)
I want to like this more than just once! Please!
Steak Chang (1 month ago)
Oooohhh! I watch her vidssss
Lisa Mae Gilbert (1 month ago)
Yesssss I love your channel!
Katakana! (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I wish to create a machine that jacks me off and cooks me breakfast
Sabbir Hasan (1 month ago)
I always have thought that 'you don't know what's the best answer is'
Kamalakannan A R (1 month ago)
What an useless way to attract attention
Starlight Liar (1 month ago)
House Music by dattrax (1 month ago)
Best YouTube channel ever!!!
Suziesoo (1 month ago)
Love, love, love this!!
Kaina Kuneho (1 month ago)
y'all should go subscribe to her channel she's awesome
Tùng pro (1 month ago)
Agent Ham (1 month ago)
I love this woman.

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