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"
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    1. divx

      this is the best of veritasium

    2. Evarate

      a great video; thank you

    3. Pancak3Mix

      Oh my God you advertising your show appearance then using it as a segue into your sponsor because it's only on Netflix in the UK is the most evil yet genius sponsorship I've EVER SEEN

    4. Man Kind

      Wow, can you find out why we haven't been back to the moon in so long? That always baffles me.

    5. Bsw73_7

      We must protect the firehouse lightbulb at all costs!

    6. Chronos King

      14:38 “Really? Uhuhh....” -me watching on my iPhone 6s

    7. Sangria Biscus

      Fluorescent bulbs cost more and burn out faster than incandescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs have mercury.

    8. GM J

      You didn’t answer how other companies (without legal authority) could enforce the payment of a fine and what would be the motivation of a company joining this packt.

    9. SiM Gam

      Listen world , this is how capitalism destroyed the earth , capitalism is good for economy but very bad for the nature and as consumer also

    10. Jerry Bender

      You were not wrong .sort of u were just wrong but no worries i felt the same way as u. But its called planned obsolesence a design error introduced into the manufacturing process to maximise profit thru replacement purchases.

      1. Jerry Bender

        Good example was Delorean who was set up as a coke dealer because his cars didnt need paintn never rusted

    11. GM J

      Funny you didn’t mention Apple...

    12. Vladimir Kuharik

      Osram means "Person who poop on itself" on Slovak language XD

    13. Ratchet4647

      Planned obsolescence is bad for the environment. It increases landfill fill rate and polluting waste and increases mining and logging and oil drilling demand. Also energy needs for manufacturing increase. I hate how it's becoming so much harder to repair products you buy and use now. I liked being able to pull out and change my battery on Samsung Android. Went to buy a new Samsung phone because it was on sale at a great price, didn't think of asking whether the battery was replaceable, now I guess not because I can't even open the back anymore (the SD card is now in a little drawer instead of behind the battery). 😡 Right to repair! Also, It'd be nice If a few more companies offered higher durability too.

    14. Arrow's Theorem

      The 1% controls you

    15. J Gray

      The hope here is that people start drawing the conclusions that our entire global socio-economic thinking is what is now becoming very obsolete. That LED bulb is a perfect example of life long problem solving VS problem servicing. We are on the cusp of being able to create such life long abundance, that our entire structure on how we see products, and sustainability, and work and value, are all coming into question. The early to mid 21st century humans will be remembered as being presented with the choice of either truly embracing the future, or denying it because of their emotional obsession with the past.

    16. Mohamed Amine Krimi

      That's why i never liked apple, since i owned the iPhone 3GS back in 2012 And that was the only time i owned an Apple device. The company always try to plant in the mind of the consumer the need and necessity of the new features and technological updates in their daily routine which .. it really doesn't matter at some point

    17. Amin Yashed

      We need to abandon capitalism. Greed is destroying society.

    18. HeroSummitt14115

      This video reminds me how much I hate capitalism.

    19. Shayle T

      How do they enforce a fine? Did they push legislation for shorter lightbulb lifespans?

    20. Noel Delfin

      Phone tech plataeud around 2016. Theres really no reason to buy a new one xept aesthetic. Im convinced my 2 year old S9 is firmwarely slowed down by Samsung. Runs slow even at fresh wipe.

    21. Bear8Photo

      Gotta love consumerism... Gotta create them jobbies that everyone wants so bad... It's not a scam at all.. 🙄

    22. BladeY

      i just vommited when you said you were sponsored by capitalistic scamming vpn on such a serious channel

    23. Alpha Helix

      Corv19 long is nonsense, antibodys are totaly unspecific. the specific antibodies only suffer a few days. only Ig A removes and kills corv 19 at once no more dangerous than house dust e.g. eucalyptus mRNA ivaccines are dangerous for people !

    24. Mandragoras

      Unfortunately planned obsolescence is also applied to led bulbs. It's just that the cartels put a longer expiration date this time because it is mandatory to be covered by a 2 year warranty. So they wouldn't want to replace your broken light bulb for free.

    25. refink33

      What the heck is he talking about!!??? LED manufacturers literally cap bulb lifespans. Most quality LEDs can last for many decades but manufacturers try and stay within 5-10 years. Read into this. They're still pulling the same greedy tricks.

    26. ḥwtkaptḥ

      14:21 For the greater good!

    27. Logan Meloy

      Planned obsolescence is part of most industry. Sometimes it is good. Most of the time its bad

    28. Mr. Nicolas

      damn, u're like the Internet Explorer from youtube. What will your next video be about? Oil companies investing in renewable energies because they don't want to get out of business with nuclear energy?

    29. TopperH

      "But if it wasn't for planned obsolescence we would be out of a job !" Well may be the problem isn't the durability of products, may be the problem is capitalism.

      1. Bear8Photo

        The problem is consumers. And job hunters. Self sufficiency is the answer, but that's too much for most of these zombie humans.

    30. Wa Kaka

      The four ceiling light bulb in one of our room all died within a 2 month period, a proof that these light bulbs are manufactured to have deterministic lifetime.

    31. paulygon

      Do I understand this correctly? If I hired a genius engineer to develop an extremely long lasting light bulb, then tried to source the parts to manufacture that bulb in large quantities, I would be stopped by the Light Bulb Cabal... somehow. Maybe no one is willing to produce my parts, or amazon is not willing to sell my final product, etc?

    32. KajaRegistradora

      I have a freezer at home from 40/50 years ago and still functioning

    33. Leilani Jones

      i approve of you 👌

    34. Ubahfly

      "These aren't the threads you're looking for."

    35. nelio SAMch

      This video explains why my Galaxy S10 began malfunctioning after One UI version 3.1 on Android 11 was updated March 1st.

    36. FiveGreenBottles

      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.

    37. Dan the Banan

      Excellent video.

    38. Kalash Sarode

      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

    39. clay b

      capitalism yall

    40. El3ktraz -

      awsome vedio

    41. Ayvaz of Skan

      This video makes me worry about a future were survivors crash their planned obsolescence spaceship and can't repair because it has DRM.

    42. wrecker

      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.

    43. Aakash Jhaveri

      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

    44. Nick Raster

      Gotta love capitalism :)

    45. Bill Smith

      A video about kept secrets, sponsored by something to help you keep secrets.

    46. Harald Lindohf

      CaPItaLIsM iS ThE bESt syStEM tO EnCOuRAge iNnoVAtiOn!

    47. grimm jow

      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

    48. Nai United

      Yes electricity is free Tesla told us that

    49. Nación Mapache

      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.

    50. Bryan Michael

      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

    51. Vani Dua

      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 SEprom today.

    52. Fede A

      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.

    53. Madd Dogg

      Right to repair laws could bring back the small appliance repair shops and those guys able to fix anything. That'd be plus.

    54. Rui Gonçalves

      Welcome to earth, we are the humans.

    55. Robert Marley

      so having the lights on used to indeed raise the room temp lol

    56. RS

      I'd recommend my ISP to buy NORD VPN

    57. RS

      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

    58. The Imposing Odds

      Veritasium, PLease Pin this Comment and I will Be in Shock and know that you love your Subs, and Likers... 🙏🙏🥺

    59. egnazia

      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.

    60. Bobolgob Olle Kohanovskij

      Now I really want to be extremely rich so i can start selling eternal lightbulbs and such things

    61. Wuulferigno

      Capitalism as it finest, i hate you all so much.

    62. Jan

      I love your Channel.

    63. Zero To One

      Okay this video's title telling me Taylor Swift song 😅

    64. Don Fanto

      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.

    65. GarageChemist

      great anticapitalist rhetoric. i love it.

    66. Cheese Nazi

      oh it cant be real, but watch its real. INSTEAD look at these cars.

    67. Cyber Nomad

      5:38 can also be applied to resolutions and display manufacturers 😷

    68. Kinjiru731

      Very cool topic to cover, thanks.

    69. Debpriyo Dutta

      Apple is the perfect example of planned obsolescence.

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    71. David Hall

      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...

    72. David Hall

      Oh how badly I want movies to go back to switching between scientists bickering in a lab and a monster destroying the city/world.

    73. B

      lol capitalism

    74. Nutflix Nordics

      Capitalism sure is great

    75. Brian Keith Something

      I thought his view of profit-making was his real motivation in making this video?

    76. Benj M

      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.

    77. otton pino

      Excellent video

    78. Abbas Ibrahim

      Nothing everlasts because if it would it would be plastics and we know that they also do not last

    79. Daniel Le

      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?

    80. Cyber Woodoo

      just wanted to let this out there: LED lights can be repaired easily.

      1. David Hall

        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.

    81. Dam Son

      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.

    82. Luis Gonzalez

      keep up the good work, both you and Louis

    83. Delta Mage

      so what i'm hearing is with communism planned obsolescence wouldn't be a thing

    84. 弱水三千

      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.

    85. Toss a coin to your Witcher

      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.

    86. print hello world

      Why didn’t the antitrust laws stop this?

    87. Marcelo Ojeda

      veritasium is so based

    88. Brian Holloway

      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

    89. ShrubRustle

      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.

    90. Jim Brankle

      Capitalism... When profit is primary, all else is secondary. Profit, profit , profit, that's all they care about. C Bose

    91. Corbin Fobbs

      This conspiracy sold out to the man don't pay it attention

    92. Nickayz

      I love the last sentence - full of opimism: "We finally reached tht point what is essentially an everlasting light bulb."

    93. محمد Obis

      If they worshipped Allah, they wouldn't have cheated people

    94. butchers of london

      That camera in the fire station should live stream that bulb please

    95. Zach Shea

      Try blue, it's the new red!

    96. Theo Wild

      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

    97. Dominick Destine

      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.

    98. Dainel Solov

      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

    99. Amy E

      Fun little video that shows how humanity ended itself, alongside WALL-E.

    100. Lickorish Allsorts