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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: I believe it's just a matter of the product itself.
    If it's some kind of weapon that its sole use is to kill or injure people, then NO, it shouldn't be allowed.
    If it's some kind of research for a new camouflage or survival kit or robot technology or satellite images (the list is really long), then YES, because almost all major inventions where discovered either during a war (eg radar) or preparing for war (eg cryptography, stealth technology etc).

    PS: Allow me to remind you that war does not necessarily mean that someone is preparing to attack a nation. Most of the times he is preparing to defend his country.

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