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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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Lucian Comanda (5 hours 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 (10 hours ago)
Simone Giertz, make a machine that can hit the like button for me!!
Jenna Portis (13 hours ago)
Just me or that eyeball shirt cute..
Elvis Van (23 hours ago)
🌆9PM Dec 9 2018~
Deegan Phillips (2 days ago)
I have an extension that turns millennials into "snake person" and I forgot and got scared
Phony Vidz (3 days ago)
just take useless and useful out and make things
Denny J (4 days 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 (5 days ago)
Joy and humility...Great really
HarshaXSoaD (5 days ago)
I love this girl
reverbva (6 days ago)
That was entertaining. 😊 I love her channel and can’t wait for the next useless thing she builds!
(: (6 days ago)
Her parents liked this video. So they made her.
Kitty Sav (7 days ago)
Oh you pretty Chitty Bang Bang
Ne Rion Rizalte (8 days 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 (9 days ago)
So that’s why I wasn’t adopted
random man (9 days 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 (9 days ago)
carrot tops daughter ?
Venkat A (9 days ago)
haenaa yunn (10 days ago)
SHe reminds me of sir ISAAC NEWTON! T.T
Brandy Moore (10 days ago)
Wait. She’s just kidding about picturing them naked being inappropriate, right?
Fil Strength (10 days ago)
I feel like she and Jenna Marbles would get along wonderful
Hans B (11 days ago)
I swear i love how she makes her jokes... Its just amazing
c h i m m y (11 days ago)
I’m showing this to my mom later.
The world needs women, thank you.
Cymoon RBACpro (12 days ago)
chaschristiansen (12 days 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 (12 days ago)
damn this audience is tough
jupiter is a bean (12 days ago)
Omg this was so funny and insightful
You are awesome
Justin K. (12 days ago)
dukeistaan (14 days 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 (14 days ago)
Finally, a video to justify my existence
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Emine Kaya (18 days ago)
Thanks cihan
Weltfenos (18 days ago)
She knows how to make people laugh i love it!
MadSpellz (19 days ago)
MadSpellz (19 days ago)
Eating machine
I thought that’s why some people breed?
Juliana A (19 days ago)
I love you, simone! o/
Arun Karthik (19 days ago)
Useless is also useful
badr elt (20 days ago)
good job.
Nintendo gamer 222 (20 days 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 (21 days ago)
It gets so weird when you listen to her breathe in between her lines
Melanie Dean (22 days ago)
Think I found carrot tops smarter sister. Lol
ابي الفديو مترجم؟
Ricky Hernandez (23 days ago)
more ROVER i got interested in building robots  4:52
shane dennis (24 days ago)
Simone Girtz your superb, I've learnt so much from you and really I'm stunned .
katrinadancer (25 days ago)
I'm sorry but this wasn't even worthy of a TedX talk 🤣
Erin (25 days ago)
Why are people loving this so much?
Khaos Inoculation (27 days 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 (28 days ago)
So funny 😂
Mega Nerd (1 month ago)
My parents did a good job with me!
Sophie Galeas (1 month ago)
I love that shirt! And loved yout presentation!
Thân Cao (1 month ago)
i like you i am from vietnamese
Lior (1 month ago)
I laughed through the whole thing! this T?ED talk is A M A Z I N G.
spyburn007 (1 month ago)
MOODY & MADII (1 month ago)
she have such a funny soul. i love her
She's cute
Gorachand Badaraita (1 month ago)
You gonna too much creative...
bleudemo (1 month ago)
she looked so proud of herself after finishing aww
Lara Mitchell (1 month ago)
I love the shirt! Should be on Etsy!
Alissa (1 month ago)
Yes! Simone slaying a TED talk!
Tony KarlG (1 month ago)
I feel you were a little bit nervous on that day.. maybe i'm wrong about my thoughts..
Michael Kolker (1 month ago)
"Because Americans will buy it" The story of the 20th century.
Studio Papa (27 days ago)
George Andraos (1 month ago)
She's so funny no one was laughing
Hasindu Dilshan (1 month ago)
Simone Giertz, you are the wonder-woman! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lenne Float (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
so funny, l loved it and just subbed!
Michael Skinner (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Strike for process not perfection (*˘︶˘*).。.:*♡
radical adequacy (1 month ago)
the best person
televisionalternativ (1 month ago)
is so dope! :)
angry ranger (1 month ago)
The world needs more people like Simone. She is genuinely curious, intelligent and seems to see the good in everything.
Marj Weir (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
The fact that TED is now putting content out like THIS is proof that TED is just a joke now.
alexa o (1 month ago)
I hate that the crowd didnt laugh at some of her jokes. That was rude.
Studio Papa (25 days ago)
+alexa o I would seek better one liners
alexa o (25 days ago)
+Studio Papa its called being polite my guy. Unless its your friends (if you have any) in which they dont give a care if you laugh or not, you should at least give a chuckle even if its not that funny if its an acquaintance or someone not as important. How would you like it if you thought of an original joke that you are pretty proud of and you tell a large group of people and everyone doesnt care and stays silent
Studio Papa (25 days ago)
not really, i don't endlessly suck people's toes for no reason.
alexa o (25 days ago)
+Studio Papa thats a sad life u living bro
Studio Papa (25 days ago)
+alexa o yes
Ana Guerreiro (1 month ago)
One of the best talks. Really funny, one can't understand why was the audience so quite
enigma mist (1 month ago)
*Stand up comedy + Innovation*
Elvis Van (1 month ago)
She's so cute ~~😍😆👏
PlasmaBurns (1 month ago)
Apples Motto.
asdalow (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I want a google eye shirt now 👀
chirpyfish (1 month ago)
Absolutely awesome gal 👌👌👌👌
Yakko Warner (1 month ago)
This girl is my spirit animal
L Martinez (1 month ago)
I have no time to make useless things and anyway it happens spontaneously without planning it.
Yellow is awesome (1 month ago)
I love her
Ana Soren (1 month ago)
I really like the popcorn part..
Danish ALI (1 month ago)
Simone Giertz you're the liberator for the upcoming generation of petrified teens
lyraface (1 month ago)
This crowd is kinda dull
Jackson Sunny (1 month ago)
The best ted talk i've ever heard
Narendra Tripathi (1 month ago)
Ron Villejo (1 month ago)
Well done, I love this lady!
Broguy 22 (1 month ago)
She reminds me of that sweet reporter from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
X OPPAI X (1 month 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 (2 months ago)
Useless video

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