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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: Surely the point of TED is technology or the ideas behind it? To ban the sharing of a technology/ idea based solely on the limits of the present use that it has been designed for curtails the growth of knowledge and the idea. Should we also ban ideas that later might be used for martial activities? If this is so, then we should look again at a lot of the TED videos and censor them on the off chance that they inspire military personnel. Perhaps the membership of TED should also be vetted to ensure the ideas aren't spread to - undesirables?

    This is begining to sound more and more like Zeus was right to chain Prometheus to the rock.

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