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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 31 2011: Quite frankly I'm surprised at the close-minded reaction to this talk. Shouldn't TED be about challenging our preconceived notions and learning from people that we normally wouldn't?

    Suspend your prejudices and discover what else is out there.
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      Mar 31 2011: Unfortunately the talk looks like an advertisement, because it is. I weapons salesman is not a deserving TEDster.
      This talk goes against of the motto of the talk, war is NOT an "Idea worth spreading".
      What was the contribution of this talk? Which new ideas are inspiring us to design a better world?

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