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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 25 2011: I feel there's a significant difference between weapons manufacturing and "military technology" such as this. I support TED's position of not allowing weapons technology to be promoted through this site, but in a case like this, there are clear applications for the technology that do not involve the military- everything from search and rescue teams to Fed-Ex delivery workers. Even when designed for and purchased by the military, it's important to remember that the military is involved in many non-aggressive, humanitarian efforts that technology like this can inspire and aid.

    Was it in bad taste for the presenter to bring a uniformed military member? Perhaps. But I don't think his presence is so offensive that the implications of technology being presented should be ignored like that.

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