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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: I expect everyone stating that the military - or military technology - should not be allowed in TED to cancel their internet service and get rid of any TCP/IP based communication from their lives. You'll also need to avoid anything with carbon-kevlar composites, half of modern trauma medicine, and a stack of other things. If you're not going to stop reaping the rewards of the military R&D budget, it is obnoxious and childish to insist on its exclusion.

    TED attendees are intelligent enough to draw their own conclusions based on the evidence. Do you think the lifting exoskeleton could help workers in a warehouse? Laborers? What about futuretech applications like high gravity environments? Emergency response crews?

    I don't see anyone demonstrating the latest grain refinements for SABOT rounds, or .50 caliber recoil-less rifles. There are no weapons here, and that should be enough for you.

    I understand that people may have objections the military, and the political goals they accomplish at the orders of our elected leadership. That is fine, and a discussion that is not particularly relevant. Military trickle down tech is everywhere, and pervasive in our lives. It would be ignorant and unreasonable to deny its influence, and thus foolish to ignore.
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      Mar 31 2011: Yes, the results of the tech is everywhere, but so is the tech of Nazis, do you condone them?
      And why do you think so many "intelligent people" are objecting to this? Do you really think that such a large part of the community are dogmatic hippies?
      It it true that most of us want peace on earth, we find war quite wrong and resource demanding...
      And if you think about it you would probably realize that, given founding, civilians would have created all the great things you state above...

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