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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: Like it or not, military research has resulted in great gains in robotics, aerospace, marine, telecommunications, remote sensing, medicine and a myriad of other fields. The minute we start editing TED content with respect to funding source or some template for political correctness we seriously impact the free exchange of inspirational ideas; what TED is all about. What next, a condemnation of NASA for its military work?
    • Mar 31 2011: "What next, a condemnation of NASA for its military work?"

      I condemn NASA for its military work. NASA should be 100% civilian. And if I had a choice between a military-dominated NASA and no NASA at all, I would choose the latter.

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