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Dave Lim

TEDx Ambassador, TEDxSingapore


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Should TED allow demonstrations of military equipment and uniform on the TED stage?

This may be the first time explicit military equipment has been demonstrated on a TED stage.

What are your reactions and feelings about this?

One TED Community member wrote: "I hope this is the last time I see a military uniform on the TED stage for the purpose of hawking military weaponry... And let's be clear, any tool manufactured for the express purpose of increasing the effectiveness of military personnel is military hardware. "

Some questions:

Will this video TED Talk be used for marketing purposes for military equipment?

Would TED consider re-posting this TED Talk after editing out the first military equipment demonstration?

Where do you feel that the line be drawn?

Invite you to raise and share your feelings, thoughts and questions with the global TED community...

Topics: Stage TED military

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    Mar 30 2011: The military is essentially a corporation looking to expand itself. TED does not promote other big corporations in its talks, what makes the military so special? I think its a disgrace to the TED community to promote military hardware. It goes against everything that I think TED stands for.
    Now, if that same "super-suit" had been put on a fireman or rescue worker and the speaker talked about how it could be used to save lives, it would have been different. I would have actually found it really cool. But the fact that they chose to bring a soldier in uniform onto the stage makes me sad for the future of TED.

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