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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: Even if I'm against the concept of a military, as a citizen, I should always stay informed as to the might and especially the technology of the military of my country. To know how well it can supposedly protect me from harm's way, but equally is to know should I ever wish to protest within my country so I know what forces I'd be up against were they to turn on me, as many country's military tend to do when confronted by hostile population.

    Example, would you protest were you to hear the military was replacing all personel with drones completely? Sounds good if you're on the good guy end, but it would be deadly to a group of citizens wanting to protest who are put down not by people in uniforms who have a chance at having a conscious, but by machines with as much will as a corporation has consciousness.

    Remember, money was created for the purpose of taxation. Who stands to benefit the most from money's creation, those forced to use it, or those who control printing it?

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