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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 9 2011: While the information displayed in this video IS for military purposes, there are a few things that comfort me as to the possible security risks. The only technical information released involved the weight carried and the potential life of the battery. In my head, this is the equivalent of saying that a tank can carry 5 soldiers and go 300 kilometers on one fuel supply. It leaves to the imagination many important details such as composite, weapons intergration etc. Those are the things that (in my humble opinion) should not be advertised or showcased, and they werent. Additionally, there are about a million and one non-military uses for a lift assist exoskeleton like the one presented in this TED talk, and for that reason alone I think that while it was demonstrated as military hardware here, the practical applications would see this device much more commonly used off the battlefield than on. Would you propose that we keep the tech specs pertaining to a new high yield solar panel secret simply because of their potential military value?

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