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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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  • Apr 5 2011: It was quite apparent, the moment that the soldier appeared on stage, that there was a discomfort about the audience. Typically, an on-stage display of technology being put to every day use warrants at least a mild applause, but in this instance, only produced silence. With that being said, the impression that the audience left at that moment, I believe, said everything there is to say on the matter. However, on that note, it does generate further gray area, especially in the field of augmented reality applications, where military-based funding holds a dominant portion of the market.

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