Alex Cherry Posted almost 3 years ago Should TED allow demonstrations of military equipment and uniform on the TED stage? I expect everyone stating that the military - or military technology - should not be allowed in TED to cancel their internet service and get rid of any TCP/IP based communication from their lives. You'll also need to avoid anything with carbon-kevlar composites, half of modern trauma medicine, and a stack of other things. If you're not going to stop reaping the rewards of the military R&D budget, it is obnoxious and childish to insist on its exclusion. TED attendees are intelligent enough to draw their own conclusions based on the evidence. Do you think the lifting exoskeleton could help workers in a warehouse? Laborers? What about futuretech applications like high gravity environments? Emergency response crews? I don't see anyone demonstrating the latest grain refinements for SABOT rounds, or .50 caliber recoil-less rifles. There are no weapons here, and that should be enough for you. I understand that people may have objections the military, and the political goals they accomplish at the orders of our elected leadership. That is fine, and a discussion that is not particularly relevant. Military trickle down tech is everywhere, and pervasive in our lives. It would be ignorant and unreasonable to deny its influence, and thus foolish to ignore.