This is why we can't have nice things

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This video is about stuff: light bulbs, printers, phones and why they aren't better. Go to and use code VERITASIUM to get a 2-year plan plus 1 additional month with a huge discount. It’s risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee!
The Man in the White Suit -
London, B. (1932). Ending the depression through planned obsolescence. -
Slade, G. (2009). Made to break: Technology and obsolescence in America. Harvard University Press -
Krajewski, M. (2014). The great lightbulb conspiracy. IEEE spectrum, 51(10), 56-61. -
Planet Money, The Phoebus Cartel -
The Light Bulb Conspiracy -
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Written by Derek Muller and Petr Lebedev
Animation by Ivan Tello
Filmed by Derek Muller and Raquel Nuno
Edited by Derek Muller
Video supplied by Getty Images
Music by Jonny Hyman and from"Aquatic Planet", "Rhythm of Dreams", "Tread Lightly", "Unexpected Visitors", "Curved Mirrors" "Drunken Lullaby" "Fluorescent Lights"
Thumbnail by Raquel Nuno and Karri Denise

KajaRegistradora 9 minuuttia sitten
I have a freezer at home from 40/50 years ago and still functioning
Leilani Jones
Leilani Jones 24 minuuttia sitten
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Ubahfly 37 minuuttia sitten
"These aren't the threads you're looking for."
nelio SAMch
nelio SAMch Tunti sitten
This video explains why my Galaxy S10 began malfunctioning after One UI version 3.1 on Android 11 was updated March 1st.
FiveGreenBottles Tunti sitten
I think there should be restrictions places on apple and other tech companies. Intentionally designing a phone so that its battery will eventually decrease in quality and even break, is not only dangerous to the consumer, but also the environment, and it is wasteful of the resources it takes to produce said phone or device. The decreasing quality of the battery could - correct me if im wrong - pose a risk to the consumer, because there are accounts of batterys exploding, or becoming a fire hazard, and the way apple has done this encourages the consumer to allow the battery to continue being used until it could eventually pose this risk. Not to mention that this could put more people in situations where they could need to call emergency services, but wouldnt actually be able to. Also think about the carbon dioxide and other things produced whilst a phone is being made in a factory, as well as the materials inside of the phone that are wasted. Intentionally designing a device so that it cannot be repaired even when people try to should be illegal. We might even get to a point where it should be encouraged to make it easy as possible when it comes to the current climate crisis, i believe this is where apple would eventually die as a business, or when another company begins to make larger leaps in the technology inside of the phone, with each generation. Apple also claims to be trying to save the environment by using renewable energy, despite making a new model of phone every year with the intent that consumers will throw their previous one away.
Dan the Banan
Dan the Banan Tunti sitten
Excellent video.
Kalash Sarode
Kalash Sarode Tunti sitten
I was gonna scream apple the moment he said talked about the light bulb conspiracy, and then i shut up cause it was what more than half of the video was about XD
clay b
clay b Tunti sitten
capitalism yall
El3ktraz -
El3ktraz - 2 tuntia sitten
awsome vedio
Ayvaz of Skan
Ayvaz of Skan 2 tuntia sitten
This video makes me worry about a future were survivors crash their planned obsolescence spaceship and can't repair because it has DRM.
wrecker 2 tuntia sitten
Its exactly what happened to Cub Cadet lawn tractors. Cub Cadet made such great machines that they never broke and they eventually went out of buisness.
Aakash Jhaveri
Aakash Jhaveri 2 tuntia sitten
There's this saying in Product management that "the perfect product does not exist". It's about why company's often don't put their best foot forward so they can sell the next iteration
Nick Raster
Nick Raster 3 tuntia sitten
Gotta love capitalism :)
Bill Smith
Bill Smith 3 tuntia sitten
A video about kept secrets, sponsored by something to help you keep secrets.
Harald Lindohf
Harald Lindohf 4 tuntia sitten
CaPItaLIsM iS ThE bESt syStEM tO EnCOuRAge iNnoVAtiOn!
grimm jow
grimm jow 4 tuntia sitten
Mate how childish are you ? Why do you think cannabis has been illegal for so long ? Because all it's amazing benefits medically without the the phycoactive parts needed or why their are no cure for things we should have a cure for because you make more money on the treatment than you do on the cure just like how auto parts are ment to fail after a certain amount of miles but you can buy an after market part that will last 10x longer but voids factory warranty because the factory losses sales on parts and labor for it's dealerships what else everything everything is this way mate
Nai United
Nai United 5 tuntia sitten
Yes electricity is free Tesla told us that
Nación Mapache
Nación Mapache 5 tuntia sitten
The script of this video look like your defending de programed obsolecense. Inovation is not progresing becouse of programed obsolecense. So it seems that is response to your own idea of the economy and not facts.
Bryan Michael
Bryan Michael 5 tuntia sitten
On, the last sentance of the episode is a joke...who has ever had an LED bulb last more than 2 years? Usually its the electrical components that drive the LEDs but they still fail ALL THE TIME
Vani Dua
Vani Dua 5 tuntia sitten
This is a thank you from a viewer that started watching your content a week ago but already knows that you're one of the most helpful channels on FIpost today.
Fede A
Fede A 6 tuntia sitten
If Someone makes a perfect something that lasts forever they can move on and try it on another bussiness branch, the same way when one learns a subject and moves to learn another or to go deeper in complexity on it. Planned Obsolence is not only a problem of an ever ending consuming behavior which could be ideologicaly aproved or not, it implies that threre are infinite resources to build infinite things Which Is a false statement, a real physical limitation and the Main reason behind climate change and massive extintions of species. We need to change greed as being the wheel of the world to another, more usefull idea.
Madd Dogg
Madd Dogg 6 tuntia sitten
Right to repair laws could bring back the small appliance repair shops and those guys able to fix anything. That'd be plus.
Rui Gonçalves
Rui Gonçalves 6 tuntia sitten
Welcome to earth, we are the humans.
Robert Marley
Robert Marley 7 tuntia sitten
so having the lights on used to indeed raise the room temp lol
RS 8 tuntia sitten
I'd recommend my ISP to buy NORD VPN
RS 8 tuntia sitten
Everyday... I hate apple even more Because they sell and spit on the pockets of their costumers for those who say.... all do it I'd say I hate the enemy.... who i have to see the most
The Imposing Odds
The Imposing Odds 8 tuntia sitten
Veritasium, PLease Pin this Comment and I will Be in Shock and know that you love your Subs, and Likers... 🙏🙏🥺
egnazia 10 tuntia sitten
Nice that the crappy Dyson cleaner ad appears to me in the middle of the video 😏. Never again I will buy a product of the arrogant Brexshitter.
Bobolgob Olle Kohanovskij
Bobolgob Olle Kohanovskij 10 tuntia sitten
Now I really want to be extremely rich so i can start selling eternal lightbulbs and such things
Wuulferigno 11 tuntia sitten
Capitalism as it finest, i hate you all so much.
Jan 11 tuntia sitten
I love your Channel.
Zero To One
Zero To One 12 tuntia sitten
Okay this video's title telling me Taylor Swift song 😅
Don Fanto
Don Fanto 12 tuntia sitten
1- Naivety is a belief that there are people out there who are not your close friends or relatives who care about you. 2- Conspiracy is an integral part of human interaction and every single one of us have committed it on numerous occasions in our lives. Only the scale is different.
GarageChemist 12 tuntia sitten
great anticapitalist rhetoric. i love it.
Cheese Nazi
Cheese Nazi 12 tuntia sitten
oh it cant be real, but watch its real. INSTEAD look at these cars.
Cyber Nomad
Cyber Nomad 12 tuntia sitten
5:38 can also be applied to resolutions and display manufacturers 😷
Kinjiru731 13 tuntia sitten
Very cool topic to cover, thanks.
Debpriyo Dutta
Debpriyo Dutta 13 tuntia sitten
Apple is the perfect example of planned obsolescence.
w wyborn
w wyborn 13 tuntia sitten
David Hall
David Hall 14 tuntia sitten
Why do people accept that companies are capable of these mass conspiracies, but not politicians? They can make investments too, like in Big Pharma for example...
David Hall
David Hall 14 tuntia sitten
Oh how badly I want movies to go back to switching between scientists bickering in a lab and a monster destroying the city/world.
B 14 tuntia sitten
lol capitalism
Nutflix Nordics
Nutflix Nordics 14 tuntia sitten
Capitalism sure is great
Brian Keith Something
Brian Keith Something 15 tuntia sitten
I thought his view of profit-making was his real motivation in making this video?
Benj M
Benj M 16 tuntia sitten
Well for the LED light, they don't last as long as advertised, yeah the LED itself can last but not the circuitry. I had many of these LED Light ceasing working well before the advertised 10000h. Maybe just after a year.
otton pino
otton pino 16 tuntia sitten
Excellent video
Abbas Ibrahim
Abbas Ibrahim 16 tuntia sitten
Nothing everlasts because if it would it would be plastics and we know that they also do not last
Daniel Le
Daniel Le 16 tuntia sitten
The funny thing is that this also applicable to medicine products, the manufacturers don't need you to get cured completely, they need you to stay sick to a certain level even if they already found a way to cure. Like diabetes for example, let's say they found a way to cure it completely will they announce it or even sell it ? Or they will keep the patients live on insulin and use their supportive medicines for years with thousands of dollars spent?
Cyber Woodoo
Cyber Woodoo 16 tuntia sitten
just wanted to let this out there: LED lights can be repaired easily.
David Hall
David Hall 14 tuntia sitten
They produce tons of heat though, at least their components do. The benefits of LED lights is their luminosity and size. I assembled Hollywood stage lights for a few years and the test racks were a furnace...granted each unit had hundreds to over a thousand LED nodes with dozens of units running at once.
Dam Son
Dam Son 16 tuntia sitten
uh, the phone edges is a bad example, it's provable that a rounded edge makes it easier to lose your grip and drop a device, a sharp edge and flat side is easier to grip.
Luis Gonzalez
Luis Gonzalez 16 tuntia sitten
keep up the good work, both you and Louis
Delta Mage
Delta Mage 17 tuntia sitten
so what i'm hearing is with communism planned obsolescence wouldn't be a thing
弱水三千 18 tuntia sitten
I don't buy trending things including apple, iphone, ipad etc, also I don't buy clothing from trending brands and people always say that I'm classy. My house has this 1" wide, 100 year old oak flooring, it's pretty beat up but looks so stylish always. May the new owner preserve that flooring, it bears history and time.
Toss a coin to your Witcher
Toss a coin to your Witcher 18 tuntia sitten
You wore not sorta wrong you are completely wrong. An oven or a stove part will break so you will need to buy a new part, most things are made so only parts break, the same way phones are slowed down on purpose and cars need overpriced maintenance. This is so good for the economy in fact making things un-breakable in 1,2 or more human life spans catastrophical to companies and entire economys. No one would ever buy any thing, companies would close factories for years millions would gain and lose their jobs every century. Companies wont be able to promote for so long without a cash flow so they would rely on word of mouth, competing only with their warranties spaning centuries.
print hello world
print hello world 18 tuntia sitten
Why didn’t the antitrust laws stop this?
Marcelo Ojeda
Marcelo Ojeda 18 tuntia sitten
veritasium is so based
Brian Holloway
Brian Holloway 19 tuntia sitten
This video is why we have such a stuffed planet. It's called greed. Many things were made before the 1930s that would've lasted right the way through to the 21st-century. I can remember when they made a few that only cost cents to produce. I remember the family that run the car on it and disappeared that's the whole family never seen again. The house stood for decades an used. I suppose when you see these billionaires giving a lot of their money to the pool maybe their conscience is pricked. How many million iPhones are thrown away because of dishonesty. And iPhone with the technology they have should last for at least 10 to 15 years. Most people have no idea how to use all the technology in the average phone. You can stop a car rusting for only $20. Alright say $100 alright let's go staggeringly and say $200. And that is a vehicle would not rust for its lifetime. How much environment would that save. We already have the technologies we already have the engineers we already have the scientists that have made things last for a complete life time. All we have to do is take away greed and there you have it. We're talking about planet Earth and sustainable living we've had it for decades probably 100 years but it has been taken office by greed corruption and distortion. So who profits. Ha ha that's another story. But what's going to happen when the Sunday law comes in it's basically legislated now in all countries. The Christian coalition in America are forcing the American government to have a Sunday law at their peril. 500 Pentecostal ministers with Kenneth Copeland apologise to the Pope for the reformation. The 1940 catechism states and I quote how dare the Protestant worship on our day that we change without any scriptural evidence. Jesus Christ is Lord of the Sabbath and the Pope is Lord of Sunday which Lord will celebrate the most when the Sunday law comes in has rocket science really die
ShrubRustle 20 tuntia sitten
not having enough jobs really shouldn't be a problem. like, it should be "yay, we're operating at 100% efficiency! now there's more time for everybody" but we've decided that a person only deserves to live if they have a job. The solution to this is not to make things worse and artificially create new, pointless jobs.
Jim Brankle
Jim Brankle 20 tuntia sitten
Capitalism... When profit is primary, all else is secondary. Profit, profit , profit, that's all they care about. C Bose
Corbin Fobbs
Corbin Fobbs 20 tuntia sitten
This conspiracy sold out to the man don't pay it attention
Nickayz 20 tuntia sitten
I love the last sentence - full of opimism: "We finally reached tht point what is essentially an everlasting light bulb."
محمد Obis
محمد Obis 20 tuntia sitten
If they worshipped Allah, they wouldn't have cheated people
butchers of london
butchers of london 21 tunti sitten
That camera in the fire station should live stream that bulb please
Zach Shea
Zach Shea 21 tunti sitten
Try blue, it's the new red!
Theo Wild
Theo Wild 21 tunti sitten
Thanks for pointing out that our lives are made worse by the profit motive! Planned obsolescence is one of the ways in which capitalism is choking the environment and it makes me angry
Dominick Destine
Dominick Destine 21 tunti sitten
Hardcore leftist propaganda if ever I've seen it. How about all of the whining leftists actually start a business with the supposedly superior lightbulb? no of course not because then they'd get BTFO'd by reality. Pfeh, all leftists are irredeemably evil and woefully stupid.
Dainel Solov
Dainel Solov 21 tunti sitten
But if the products would be bad then the country have to print more money and more money = more inflation witch can make money absolutely worthless
Amy E
Amy E 21 tunti sitten
Fun little video that shows how humanity ended itself, alongside WALL-E.
Lickorish Allsorts
Lickorish Allsorts 22 tuntia sitten
Spencer Gibson
Spencer Gibson 22 tuntia sitten
So apart from the instance in burning Apple (who have increased performance year over year in their tablets and phones) and then using a MacBook? Oh and the fact that Apple HAVE now just revolutionised their product with their own chips in their computers that use much less power while maintaining the same level of performance (or surpassing it), the BBC (who run QI and commission it) is funded by the British tax payer. Circumventing that is like ripping off the US cable networks.
Marcelo Caraveo
Marcelo Caraveo 22 tuntia sitten
Why can’t we have nice things?? Capitalism
Hayden Lehman
Hayden Lehman 22 tuntia sitten
CAPITALISM SUCKS this is all capitalism's fault ffs
Russel Brooks
Russel Brooks 22 tuntia sitten
I have several incandescent light bulbs that have been running for about 30+ years. The secret? First the bulbs are clear glass 4 watt night light bulbs. Second is special fixture that runs 2 bulbs in series. Third is a diode in series with the bulbs. This reduces the power to point that the filament glows, but not brightly; similar to that firehouse bulb. It makes a nice bathroom night light that I leave on 7x24.
EuphoricPenguin 23 tuntia sitten
Right to repair is a retarded concept. I can't fathom how *more* legislation would ever solve our problems. The only true way is competition, and the only way that's going to happen is if we make it really easy to enter the market. You're simply begging for crony capitalism when you support right to repair.
Jay Jay
Jay Jay 23 tuntia sitten
This is happening today in other electronic industries. What they're doing is greed, and ripping off the consumer. While all being legal.
Derva Kommt von hinten
Derva Kommt von hinten 23 tuntia sitten
an everlasting lightbulb would be a FANTASTIC business model. just sell them for 10 times the price, people would still buy them. every human needs a couple so you would make BILLIONS and the competition wouldnt sell anything. after everybody got light bulbs you would minimize production for replacements and reinvest the money somewhere else
Jacques-Etienne Grandjean
Jacques-Etienne Grandjean 23 tuntia sitten
But when it comes to Big Pharma, Veritasum and Bill Gates are telling us ARNm vaccines are meant to do us good... and we should not believe in conspiracies... of course...
santiago perez
santiago perez 3 tuntia sitten
This is not a conspirancy this its fact proven unlike anti vaccine claims.
Jesse Smith
Jesse Smith Päivä sitten
He says those words about LED bulbs as ive replaced literal DOZENS of them in my own home due to crappy solder joints im pretty sure, just easier to swap than fix.
Shan Sandaruwan
Shan Sandaruwan Päivä sitten
at 15:21 how the hell did he unscrew the light bulb and hold in to it without melting his hand
RedKing Päivä sitten
Where the hell is this guy getting his LED bulbs? they last a long time but not that long...
Ronald Catullus
Ronald Catullus Päivä sitten
That fabric scientist sounds like a young Khajiit
Vijay Ninel
Vijay Ninel Päivä sitten
I usually dont come up with conspiracy theories but my Logitech gaming mice used to fail regularly - until I changed the cable of a failed mouse with the cable of an ordinary mouse. Now its working fine from years and years.
D-did they forget that light bulbs can sHATTER?
qwertyqwerty1955 Päivä sitten
you are full of it.
erick Päivä sitten
This is why we cant have nice things darling, because you break them, i had to take them away
Benjamin Boyle
Benjamin Boyle Päivä sitten
GM used to do this as well. By company policy parts were designed to fail shortly after the warranty. I know someone who worked for GM who saw the memo's. I have no idea if they still do this or not.
Matt Combatti
Matt Combatti Päivä sitten
Just to clear the air - There are everlasting light bulbs...if powered correctly. Even a "dead" fluorescent tube will continue to light indefinitely if subjected to a radio signal or a high frequency electric signal. The tools and resources are already available and have been for over 100 years.
Joshua Reynvaan
Joshua Reynvaan Päivä sitten
Unsubscribed when I saw your double mask
Дмитрий Хабаров
Дмитрий Хабаров Päivä sitten
thank you asus for making my computer last for 8 years without any sign of degrading (except for the battery which i replaced once)...
Jonathan Rocha
Jonathan Rocha Päivä sitten
Companies sabotaging products for profit :D We gotta love capitalism.
Its Just an Apple
Its Just an Apple Päivä sitten
Astrazeneca could be banned obsolence maybe
Eduard Fornés i Català
Eduard Fornés i Català Päivä sitten
Oh, except we haven't. Planned obsolescence is pretty much as present in LEDs as it was in incandescent bulbs, sadly.
Priyam Paithankar
Priyam Paithankar Päivä sitten
Now this is content ✌🏼
Bunzen Kantzen
Bunzen Kantzen Päivä sitten
So are VPN companies and Streaming services also conspiring?
quantumcake Päivä sitten
actchually... they make the LED lamps with the same principle. the ones I buy usually last couple of months, which appears as a shorter span compared to conventional lamps. Excellent video. I'd have also liked to hear about the enviromental impact this selling strategy has, since many people can't connect the dots.
tilemacro Päivä sitten
I dream of a world where Greed is seen as a form of mental illness.
Slainer Päivä sitten
Thank you for ending on a possitive note
Rebelijah Päivä sitten
I disagree with the led being everlasting... I am constantly replacing my current "amazing" LED bulbs... I think there should be an early investigation to see if they are doing the same to LED bulbs
ayvengo e
ayvengo e Päivä sitten
why did the same not happen to led??
Sidharth Vijayan
Sidharth Vijayan Päivä sitten
Right to repair = Louis Rossman
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