Ted Talk: Why you should make useless things

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 acknowledgement 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. »

Source: This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by the TED editors on the home page.