Why Helsinki's Library Robots Aren't Important

  • čas přidán 14. 10. 2019
  • Oodi, the new Helsinki Library, has robots to help reshelve books. They get a lot of press attention. But they're not the important part of the library: here's why.
    Thanks to all the team at Oodi: www.oodihelsinki.fi/
    Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)
    With thanks to librarian-CHclipr Peter Musser for script checking: m.chclip.net/channel/UC37J30wHpQOtc1vzuN6OdDAvideos

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Komentáře • 1 648

  • Julian Daugaard
    Julian Daugaard Před 2 hodinami

    Oh hey, they got UR-bots. Always nice to spot your work in the wild

  • Unknownz 123
    Unknownz 123 Před 3 hodinami

    Wow I never expected a gaming room

  • Ian Hay
    Ian Hay Před dnem

    This place sounds like heaven

  • kiwimotion
    kiwimotion Před dnem

    How tf can they afford vr systems + multiple gaming pcs? Arent they funded by the government?

  • Jeremy Savva
    Jeremy Savva Před 2 dny +1

    03:04 damn!

  • Rg pro
    Rg pro Před 2 dny

    1:44 whoever a playing has a nice choice in games!

  • Kirby has Feet
    Kirby has Feet Před 3 dny

    I used to work as something like a librarian at my school
    It was so fun
    I just had to help with people checking in books or out, clean the library, sort the books.

  • D'jango Markov
    D'jango Markov Před 4 dny

    That kid playing fortnite, i used to play neopets at the library.

  • Aurora Borealis
    Aurora Borealis Před 5 dny

    Hideous architecture

  • Fmono • 38 years ago • Updated

    Human: "You are not important"
    Robot: **makes up secret plan to take over the planet and eliminate all of humanity**

  • Patryk Matusiewicz
    Patryk Matusiewicz Před 6 dny

    Wherever I turn its robots, and somehow mainstream media wants to convince me that Andrew Yang is irrelevant.

  • thebeatles112
    thebeatles112 Před 6 dny

    public libraries are communist

  • h
    h Před 6 dny


  • NOT_Leksa
    NOT_Leksa Před 6 dny

    Torilla tavataan

  • Brack Carmony
    Brack Carmony Před 6 dny

    I mean some librarians do that. Not all... Not by a long shot...

  • Bobo
    Bobo Před 7 dny +2

    "Yo books are whack, illiteracy gang forever!"
    - Albert Einstein

  • Nicole M
    Nicole M Před 7 dny

    Fire all librarians! Buy more robots! What are librarians but failed teachers and what are failed teachers but those who literally failed at everything else?

  • Lajos Winkler
    Lajos Winkler Před 7 dny

    And then in Croatia, there's books on quackery and pseudoscience in the science section. So much about "truth". :(

  • SBTubbster
    SBTubbster Před 8 dny

    But can these robots trade me a mending book?

  • censorship bites
    censorship bites Před 8 dny

    Sounds great and all, but the activities described mean that this building isn't so much a library but a community center or learning annex.
    In other words, why build a library at all when you could just build a community center or learning annex? What's the benefit of having a library perform non-library functions? Librarians are organizers of libraries, not class instructors or 3-D printer operators, so aren't they largely superfluous at the Oodi? (Obviously you can't see me, but I'm asking not to be argumentative but because I'm genuinely curious).

  • alZiiHardstylez
    alZiiHardstylez Před 8 dny

    I wish there was more of a thing in Australia. Perhaps one 'big' community type library like this rather than a bunch of poorly staffed, uninspired, aesthetically unappealing libraries.
    Probably less in the long term for the government and might help make libraries relevant again.

  • David Schlotterback
    David Schlotterback Před 9 dny

    Shef da bukes

  • Boeing 333
    Boeing 333 Před 9 dny

    I live in finland :)

  • PastelStudios
    PastelStudios Před 10 dny

    wow i wish libraries were like this in the states

  • CEO Hannah Bannanah
    CEO Hannah Bannanah Před 11 dny

    In terms of access to books 4 the rich etc., unfortunately in Britain you need an address to get a library card, and money to use the internet, so.. homeless people do not have the privellege of public libraries

  • Jack Dog
    Jack Dog Před 11 dny


  • Smiley P
    Smiley P Před 11 dny

    Wow, this is amazing! A free, fun place to go to aquire knowledge and skills, use equipment that one might have difficulty obtaining on their own, and play video games! It's almost like the ideas behind socialism *aren't* the literal incarnation of Satan, who'da thunk!

  • That one kid who likes memes

    äijät suomi mainittu torilla tavataan!!

  • Giovanni Pezzin
    Giovanni Pezzin Před 11 dny

    Can anybody help with a program? In a colorsequence following robot, using visual basic, I need to build in obstacle recognition and avoidance

  • Designator
    Designator Před 11 dny

    They should all have googly eyes, regardless of role.
    Just because.

  • Tigar tar
    Tigar tar Před 11 dny

    Meanwhile our local library is the size of a small supermarket if even that :( even the city library's arent anywhere near as big and all are underfunded its sad

  • Yan Shyla
    Yan Shyla Před 11 dny +1

    Oh god that library is good.

  • Владимир Пукин

    They should block fortnite on those computers, libraries are not about degradation

  • Jon Adamich
    Jon Adamich Před 12 dny

    I'm glad we have Tom Scott in this world.

  • skaltura
    skaltura Před 12 dny

    DAMN! I live very near, and i had *NFI* they had this kind of tech ... or to think about it, i have not even seen this new library, nor had idea it's this friggin' cool looking building.
    I guess i know what i'll be doing very soon :)

  • 148 159
    148 159 Před 12 dny

    Seems like these robots are important??? Typo Tom??

  • Ani-mate
    Ani-mate Před 12 dny +2

    Haha, library's here in the USA seem cryptic in contrast to Oodi....

  • Rod Farva
    Rod Farva Před 12 dny

    Aaaaand this is why $0.80 cents of every dollar you make in Sweden goes to taxes!

    • 00F
      00F Před 11 dny


  • Flurbudurbur
    Flurbudurbur Před 12 dny

    is that minecraft with guns at 1:40?

  • Misanthrope
    Misanthrope Před 12 dny

    I somehow regret cancelling my studies in this field, working as an archivist or librarian would have been nice. ... But I guess studying Game Design is nice too.

  • Veikko Räty
    Veikko Räty Před 13 dny +1

    Kiitos Tom, erittäin viileää!

  • Kode_2005
    Kode_2005 Před 13 dny +1

    Torilla tavataan! :)

  • Salih Gulli
    Salih Gulli Před 13 dny

    dahenan robot OK

  • Jack Kraken
    Jack Kraken Před 13 dny

    Can I immigrate to that library?

  • Bean
    Bean Před 14 dny

    These sorts of things get me really excited!! I work in the library field and my job would be a lot harder without the current technologies available.

  • Random Dude
    Random Dude Před 14 dny


  • HaleyHalcyon - Gaming Channel

    I would argue that they're important exactly because it does unimportant things

  • Kia Uneton
    Kia Uneton Před 14 dny +1

    Suomi mainittu torille

  • spiiD0
    spiiD0 Před 14 dny

    Like jos oot suomalainen

  • gluino
    gluino Před 15 dny +3

    1:14 I noticed the tech guy's accent is the same as the Hydraulic Press Channel guy's. Looked up HPC and I see he's Finnish as well.

  • Eyy Baba
    Eyy Baba Před 15 dny +2

    Tom : "Why Helsinki's Library robots aren't important"
    Helsinki library robots with googly eyes: exists
    Me: Tom, remember that video where you told that we can't trust you, yea I think it's about time-

  • CockatooDude
    CockatooDude Před 16 dny

    God damn I wish my library had a music studio! I would be in there like all the time!

  • Josh S
    Josh S Před 16 dny +1

    that is an awesome library and society needs more of those spaces everywhere

  • GreatNorthWeb
    GreatNorthWeb Před 16 dny

    Why are we wasting a robot's time performing tasks a person can do? If I were a librarian, I would want people to handle my books. Otherwise, we'll just have robots write the books for us as well.

  • Snaily
    Snaily Před 16 dny +1

    ...I mean my local library has a printer from 1997, so who's the real winner here?

  • himagainstill
    himagainstill Před 16 dny

    You went to Helsinki? What's Finnish for airport?

    • himagainstill
      himagainstill Před 11 dny

      @00F I thought that was a thrash metal band from Detroit.

    • 00F
      00F Před 11 dny


  • Malki sehgal
    Malki sehgal Před 16 dny


  • Peter Vanamoc
    Peter Vanamoc Před 17 dny

    We live in a Society

  • Fainted
    Fainted Před 18 dny +1

    Only Tom Scott can make me hyped up about a library

  • Pathetic Gamer
    Pathetic Gamer Před 18 dny +1

    Suuuaaaami mainuttu saatana!