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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  1. Pepole are not as lazy as you think. Drama team people set situation like that so that you guys could make fun of people. I would say you guys are very strategically but not very good heart.

  2. This girl is brilliant. Deep meaning messages supported by simple explanations, & great humor to boot. very personable and relatable too

  3. That was one of THE best TEDTalks I've ever seen — I love the way you just opened up and let the audience into your world! Your personality really pulled the audience in!!! You and Adam REALLY need to develop a show for TV and maybe for tour, together…

  4. her very very light swedish accent jumped out in this video. but maybe that’s just because i was focusing on hearing it

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