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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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Danish ALI (4 hours ago)
Simone Giertz you're the liberator for the upcoming generation of petrified teens
lyraface (16 hours ago)
This crowd is kinda dull
Jackson Sunny (18 hours ago)
The best ted talk i've ever heard
Narendra Tripathi (1 day ago)
Ron Villejo (2 days ago)
Well done, I love this lady!
Broguy 22 (3 days ago)
She reminds me of that sweet reporter from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
X OPPAI X (3 days ago)
If I thought of people naked watching me... I would feel like I was gonna get raped for some reason
Ron Tocknell (4 days 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 (4 days 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 (4 days 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 (5 days ago)
This was the best TED ever.
Rossolini (5 days ago)
MODERN TIMES!!!!!!! :-)
Mohd saleem (6 days ago)
Oooh cuteness 😘
sooof1839 (7 days ago)
That crowd sucked
Dale W (8 days ago)
Useless video
Lone Wolf (8 days 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 (8 days 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 (10 days 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 (10 days ago)
Simone your great..keep it up...and hope your starting to get better
Hans Lepoeter (11 days ago)
That is fantastic. All of it. Keep on going ...
J R (12 days ago)
the thumbnail on this video makes it look like i've watched it already... change it
mohammed shees (13 days 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 (14 days ago)
"I would try to create things that would fail" Video begins buffering. Apparently that includes the youtube video...
Yash Pal Goyal (14 days ago)
2:10 she was looking funny !!
adil khan (16 days ago)
i love TED
Hobo Final FLASH (16 days ago)
people allergic to laughing there?
ravi parmar (16 days ago)
Invent for yourself and you happiness. Not for others , You might change the world !
S314159265358979 (16 days ago)
It's still stupid and useless. Maybe not for her, but for other idiots who decide to follow
Alexis Barnstaple (18 days ago)
A very plain average looking woman. No men dropping sexual comments
Despicable Penguin (18 days ago)
She should be a fashion designer because I want that shirt
downbntout (19 days ago)
Take that, perfectionism!
Alicia Rose (19 days 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 (19 days ago)
She really doing useless things, as her show is useless.
NaijaGuy (19 days ago)
Can't pay bills anymore since I started making useless things.
Hong Frank (20 days ago)
There is no such a thing as a useless thing.
Daniel Muñoz (20 days 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 (20 days 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 (20 days 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 (21 days 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 (21 days 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 (22 days ago)
Great one ... Proud of you... Keep doing those useless things :D.
Kittypawlove (22 days ago)
Good talk!!
arna s (22 days ago)
*elon musk has left the chat*
Evolutionary Biology
jonathan chan (24 days ago)
Even a failure on stage, you don't feel like a failure of the show! Nice job, Simone!
the mathew (25 days ago)
Well said
URAJ SINGH SASAN (25 days ago)
How did her brain surgery went?
Zayades (25 days ago)
I want to like this more than just once! Please!
Steak Chang (26 days ago)
Oooohhh! I watch her vidssss
Lisa Mae Gilbert (26 days ago)
Yesssss I love your channel!
Katakana! (27 days 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 (27 days ago)
I wish to create a machine that jacks me off and cooks me breakfast
Sabbir Hasan (27 days ago)
I always have thought that 'you don't know what's the best answer is'
Kamalakannan A R (28 days ago)
What an useless way to attract attention
Starlight Liar (29 days 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.
Sudarshan Pujari (1 month ago)
9.04 ... Charlie Chaplin still won’t buy it....sigh the modern times
Daniel Bathen (1 month ago)
Jessica Ahearn (1 month ago)
Please call your unnamed invention "The REALLY lazy Suzanne"
Matt Klimrod (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Simone, you are super funny :D I love the orbital feeder at 7:50 :D
art에반 (1 month ago)
Wait a second I have seen this girl before wtf on robot fail videos
Sax And relax (1 month ago)
What an icon
Jeff Calvin (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Latex hands that squirt soaps and water has not been used yet?
Jeff Calvin (1 month ago)
As washing latex hands on toilets has not been installed in this time frame known as 2018 ad?
rafael paolino (1 month ago)
Really impressive how she saved that from being really awkward a couple of times
Sohayyel Sahel (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I have never had cocaine, but i gotta say that head orbit device would be awesome for that purpose.
uryakant919 (1 month ago)
helmut lampshade (1 month ago)
these ted things used to be good...
VVill (1 month ago)
Is it wierd that I laughed way more and harder at her jokes than the whole crowd? XD
Hedie Gh (1 month ago)
I‘m in love 😍 Who says it’s useless?
Clare D Jackman (1 month ago)
My new favourite ted talk. So entertaining but also poignant
Memey Yeemo (1 month ago)
Omg how did I not know she done this? I love Simone!!
Medo General (1 month ago)
Wow... I'm so proud for u...
Monika Chuttani (1 month ago)
I am with you😊😊😊😊
faber panjaitan (1 month ago)
Mohammed Badra (1 month ago)
Just awesome!
Jasper (1 month ago)
This audience is so dead
KARTICK MANNA (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
10:21 was my favorite quote from her.
Rainman Slim (1 month ago)
This was fantastic. I love it!
S B (1 month ago)
You are awesome.
Me (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
She is a genuis with great sense of humor ❤❤
Louise GaryAVBl (1 month ago)
I love her so much <3
Nina Ristic (1 month ago)
From now on she’s my spirit animal
Hyung Suk Lim (1 month ago)
Keep up with your talent!
ABUZE (1 month ago)
simone is the hero we did not deserve but we need.
Lancelot Xavier (1 month ago)
People with degrees in mechanical engineering and computer science could not achieve what she has. Maybe ...
WasserGurke (1 month ago)
Proof that god exists.
Triple A Pearl (1 month ago)
I don’t know. I just love the way she thinks. Really impressive.
Mike Smith (1 month 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

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