Why you should make useless things | Simone Giertz

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Why you should make useless things | Simone Giertz 5
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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Simone: *gets asked if she's ever going to build something useful*
Simone: *buils TRUCKLA*

Author — Pivot Rodrigues

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Hey, Simone, future here. You built Truckla. Great job.

Author — CMSixSeven

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that googly eyes shirt is actually lowkey really frickin cute

Author — milkteaaddict

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the purpose of this talk is don't be boring, don't be scare, play, do what you want, and with practice maybe you get there, if not, you had fun in the process and you lived

Author — White Taina

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Because as we all know the easiest way to be at the top of your field is to chose a very small field. ~Simone Giertz 2018

Author — thinthle

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If your goal is failing and:

You succeed at failing, then you have succeeded

If you fail at failing, that means you have also succeded technically
It's a win win!

Author — hello

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She should be a fashion designer because I want that shirt

Author — Despicable Penguin

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"im a millenial and i want everything to orbit around me" lol

Author — Paterno Baldemor Jr

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"Isn't it a beautiful time to be alive?" :') This woman is AWESOME 😍

Author — Aashni

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"I'm not an engineer"
Oh I'm afraid you are indeed. You may just not have an engineering degree.

Author — diegosierra89

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Simone: We should make useless things.

My Parents: *create me*

Author — Ravi Teja Durbha

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Thank you Simone. I'm a baby boomer and an engineer. You have shown me the enthusiasm that was missing in my life. I realized I lived my life as a robot instead of designing and building a robot. You inspired me to built useless things.

Author — Sam Smullen

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This is why I’m taking maths and physics for engineering next year, I’m scared of being the only girl, but I love making things and want to make school fun

Author — Emma Kelly

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And now she cut open a Tesla and made a truck out of it.

Author — Lars Teunissen

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At first I wasn’t sure why I loved this so much but i figured it out. I loved this so much because she is so full of personality and humility, and has come to this beautiful place of just doing and being and creating without trying to fit a mold or criticizing herself. Beautiful 💕

Author — Francie Bogert

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Literally everyone: the perfect girl doesn’t exist
Simone: Hold my beer

Author — Julia P

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And now she owns the worlds only Truckla

Author — Nic ,

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7:38 She has a safety pin in her ear and I’m low key living for it.

Author — AlisonIsHere

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One of the best TED talks I've EVER seen. What a wonderful person.

Author — Izzy

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Her accent is alot more noticeable when she's nervous

Author — Thaddeus Podulke