Why you should make useless things | Simone Giertz



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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40 comments for “Why you should make useless things | Simone Giertz

  1. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    isn't Simone just the most adorable woman

  2. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    This is terrible humor lol

  3. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    I am really impressed by her attitude and enthusiasm . I think if I look at all my simple attempts with joyness and Much more enthusiasm , it will make my day and life complete one .

  4. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    "isn't it a beautiful time to be alive?"
    i wanna sa that after all my presentations fn on lmao

  5. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    successful dragon slayers -chose their dragons carefully.

  6. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    She f*cking rules! What is wrong with that audience, are they even alive?

  7. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    http://www.threelly.com/ Threelly uses state of the art A.I. to analyze videos for key insights: topics, scenes, people, sentiments, and much more.

  8. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    "Do only what only you can do." – Edsger W. Dijkstra, computing pioneer

  9. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Most of them didnt understand the jokes

  10. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Do you know Al Simmons? His original machine: "The Human Jukebox" and he went on from there to create some of the most wonderful useless inventions. This was in the 70s and perhaps 80s so you might need to do some digging… but you would love him… his brain.

  11. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    simone is like the exact opposite of elizabeth holmes

  12. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Simone’s favourite movie “back to the future”

  13. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    this girls straight up popped out of a family sitcom

  14. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    This is really inspiring. Pretty much close to home.

  15. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Whimsy is never useless. Building useless things is a specific aspect of Play. Play is our evolutionary legacy, from childhood, where we learn from experience, trial and error, skinning our knees and getting poked, cut, suffering and laughing and empathizing with our siblings and peers. We develop tactile awareness, see how everything works, or doesn't work, learn to tie and shape and glue and break and mend and combine and build and laugh and cry, with no clear important objective in mind or censorship that demands we get down to real work, grow up, and get serious. This freedom to devote oneself to often crazy ideas, into adulthood, is as much a part of the "American Dream" as getting rich or becoming famous. No artificially intelligent robot is going to recreate Crazy Uncle Ralph's closet workshop, and that is the point of being irrationally human. Once grownups stole the treehouse from kids, turning it from a grand and dangerous adventure, into an Architectural Digest series, another portion of essential childhood was benumbed, for the sake of Safety and avoiding Child Protective Services.

  16. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Whimsy is never useless. Building useless things is a specific aspect of Play. Play is our evolutionary legacy, from childhood, where we learn from experience, trial and error, skinning our knees and getting poked, cut, suffering and laughing and empathizing with our siblings and peers. We develop tactile awareness, see how everything works, or doesn't work, learn to tie and shape and glue and break and mend and combine and build and laugh and cry, with no clear important objective in mind or censorship that demands we get down to real work, grow up, and get serious. This freedom to devote oneself to often crazy ideas, into adulthood, is as much a part of the "American Dream" as getting rich or becoming famous. No artificially intelligent robot is going to recreate Crazy Uncle Ralph's closet workshop, and that is the point of being irrationally human. Once grownups stole the treehouse from kids, turning it from a grand and dangerous adventure, into an Architectural Digest series, another portion of essential childhood was benumbed, for the sake of Safety and avoiding Child Protective Services.

  17. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Now I know who made Trump.

  18. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    God she's perfect

  19. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    This was the worst ted talk ever!!!

  20. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    She’s right: for people with perfectionnism problem, one of the solution is to tell yourself « I’m going to do bad things », not as a worried thought, but as a funny goal. Like « I’m going to do the worst I can do » or « I won’t put much effort you know, this won’t be perfect », and you choose it not to be perfect.
    Results: you actually work, with less expectations, less stress, less perfectionnism complexes. You learn and enjoy working. And you learn to be more human.

  21. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Fantastic! So entertaining and I like her message 🙂

  22. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Love this message. Despite the Carrot Top homage performance, this is a good message! Kudos!

  23. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    7:44 I love her

  24. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    One of my favorite TED talks~~!

  25. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Nice ☺☺☺

  26. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    I think you got inspired by Charlie Chaplin (ref. Modern Times )

  27. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    i wish i’d had more opportunities for buildiing and gadgets as a kid. music was the acceptable nerdy thing for a middle class girl. i think her method of taking pressure off while building skills is fully genius. something we should all apply, but more than that she makes building fun, problem solving fun, and bring different fun. that’s something every girl… and boy should learn.

  28. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Nice mam…

  29. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    That is inspiring actually. I'm showing my sons tomorrow. They think of inventions and are busy studying but this will inspire them to keep writing their ideas and maybe one day…they can do something useless, too. lolf

  30. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    The term EXPERIMENT is the only reason why our country (INDIA) is still lacking behind such positions of Indians
    So Sad

  31. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    world will gain a lot when use your potencial after going to a mechanic school

  32. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    I love all your useless inventions !!

  33. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    I don't know why but I cried at the end 🙌💛

  34. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    I'm tearing up. That was me. Her past self was just like I was, and to be honest I still am. Performance anxiety is one of the worst feelings, because it holds you back from doing these incredible things you know you will enjoy. I still struggle with it every day, being a student and all, but I'm going to take Simone's words to heart because this is incredible. I might not be able to make useless robots (yet), but perhaps I can start at my struggle with making art and perhaps make a useless drawing OF a robot. Just because it's fun.

  35. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    That googly eye shirt is low key a look, tho 👀

  36. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    At 9:37 I thought, "That's a bad idea!". She will hit herself in the face with a glass.

  37. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    youtube is getting worse

  38. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    I built robots randomly, and them seem to always get nervous and misbehave when filmed.

  39. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    The Best ♥️

  40. May 22, 2019 at 5:56 am

    She reminds me Alyson Hannigan (Michelle Flaherty from American Pie). Jokes aside, I love her inventions!

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