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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: Why not. Many of these developments used by the military are converted to civilian use. Most civilian businesses can not afford the research and development. At least this investment in technology can be returned to the public in the way of new opportunities.
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      Mar 31 2011: Because the same or more development can be done by non-military organizations for less money and for more noble causes. The breadcrumb, leftovers and scraps of military development do not justify de development of more efficient killing machines.

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