Why you should make useless things | Simone Giertz

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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54 Responses

  1. José Sarmiento Hinojosa says:

    Simone!!! we’re rooting for you girl!!

  2. sparkdaniel says:

    Nice quirky TED talk, just like your channel, love it, keep up the good work

  3. Setu Choudhary says:


  4. Pattas says:

    Simone is awesome! She’s such a strong, , fun, intelligent, and independent person, who I know will overcome her latest health issue. NOTHING can stop her! x

    Loved this talk 🙂

  5. Kristhea Layson says:

    She’s sooooo adorable! I wanna be her friend!?

  6. Seven petals held by my heart says:

    gonna go and sub!!!!

  7. Piyush Ochani says:

    Hope you get full recovery!!

  8. MasterMazeProductions says:

    Simone is incredible because she has rediscovered the artistic/creative side of engineer that is lost on so many. I love what your doing for Engineering Simone and I really hope you have a good recovery from your upcoming surgery that you talked about in your last video 🙂

  9. Aaron Booth says:

    Simone we hope you are doing well. We are all praying for your speedy recovery!

  10. xWood4000 says:

    Never clicked on a video so fast. Hopefully your surgery will go well.

  11. Panda cooper says:


  12. Mike Cowen says:

    Simone, how to say this without embarrassing you…

    Nailed it!! ?

    Sending love & prayers. You’ve got that one nailed too!

  13. Crystal Elk says:

    Great Talk Simone.
    I wanted to connect with you, to tell you about Charles Trippy CTFXC On YouTube he’s had two tumors removed from his head brain & you should talk!
    He’s filmed both his brain surgery for his channel. He’s never missed a day of Vlogging in 9 years .
    He holds the Guinness world record for longest Time Vlogging!
    He is a bass player for the Band We The Kings also!
    Just think you both sould talk! Hoping you get this message!
    People on the comments, could you help me get this message to her, I think it’s important!
    Thank you in advance.
    Sending positive vibes your way.

  14. Matheus neves says:

    look the shity robots queen

  15. SDG Danny says:

    Happy to have people like Simone represent the YouTube community that we’re all a part of 🙂

  16. Jim Fortune says:

    “Useless machine”. That’s not the phrase I recall you using….

  17. zh84 says:

    8:31 “Cockporn” for “popcorn” again, bless her 🙂 Get well, Simone. The world needs you.

  18. Cosmic Donut says:

    splendid talk, Simone <3

  19. Steve27775 says:

    Good job, Simone. You’re a fashion trendsetter with that eye-shirt. They’ll all be wearing it in Paris next season.

    • ArmchairWarrior says:

      just make sure to call it the Googlie eye shirt because you wouldnt want to get sued for trademark infringement…even though we all say “im going to google that” every fricken day, google is already public domain as far as i see it. “Im going to go surf the web on a reliable search engine”, yeah ok 1999 called.

  20. The 8-Bit Guy says:

    I admire her because she actually wants to use her brain to do things that are constructive and learn about things. It seems so many today are content to let everyone else do their thinking for them.

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