Bill Gates offers $1 million for better condom

Condoms save lives. (AJC file photo, 1987)

Condoms save lives. (AJC file photo, 1987)

Did you hear the one about Bill Gates being so rich he paid $1 million for a condom?

Turns out it is not a joke.

The Microsoft founder and 2nd richest man in the world is offering up to $1 million in funding to the inventor of the “next generation condom,” according to Science World Report.

The grant is actually offered by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which gives away millions annually to globally “enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty.”

The foundation’s Grand Challenges website — which is still using ASP for some reason —  spills some interesting condom facts:

  • 15 billion condoms are produced a year with an estimated 750 million users (math tells me each user employs 20 per year).
  • Condoms are cheaply available almost everywhere, don’t require a prescription and prevent unwanted pregnancies and diseases.
  • Men don’t like them.

The foundation elaborates on that last point:

“The primary drawback from the male perspective is that condoms decrease pleasure as compared to no condom, creating a trade-off that many men find unacceptable, particularly given that the decisions about use must be made just prior to intercourse.”

The winning condom will:

  • Use safe, new materials that “significantly preserve or enhance pleasure” (for the male?) “to improve uptake and regular use.”
  • Have better packaging that make condoms easier to apply.
  • Test “new shapes/designs that may provide an improved user experience.”

Sounds like a noble goal.

Call me a capitalist, but it seems like Trojan and similar companies would already be working on this.

Or maybe Seattle Computer Products can quickly whip up something cheaper?

46 comments Add your comment

[...] Better Condom, the Real AnswerNational Review OnlineThinkProgress -Motherboard (blog) -Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)all 61 news [...]

[...] Better Condom, the Real AnswerNational Review OnlineThinkProgress -Motherboard (blog) -Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)all 61 news [...]

Margaret Gray

March 25th, 2013
1:59 pm

What good will inventing a better profalactic do if the [0bama Lovers] of this world are too lazy/clumsy/incoherent/incompetent to slip into them in the first place to keep from spreading their diseases and breeding their unwanted offspring that have to be supported by our tax dollars?

Margaret Gray

March 25th, 2013
2:03 pm

Instead of trying to find a “foolproof” prophylactic that is dependent on user error, would Bill Gates be better off paying someone for a non-reversible chemical castration that keeps those people who spread diseases from swapping either DNA or any disease-carrying fluid in the first place?

Maybe someone could find a way to make that noisy hip-hop and gangster rap music permanently sterilize the people who listen to it.

Goosenco

March 25th, 2013
2:10 pm

@ Margaret…Hate much?

jarvis

March 25th, 2013
2:11 pm

@Margaret Gray, I’m not following. Could you please elaborate?

Doug Harris

March 25th, 2013
2:11 pm

@ Margaret Gray Great job assuming all people who support Obama are in that disease spreading baby making category you just wrote about. Do yourself a a favor and die a bitter old death.

jay

March 25th, 2013
2:13 pm

Margaret, You obviously need God in your life. I’ll pray for you.

E-Roll

March 25th, 2013
2:14 pm

@Margaret Gray – I am with you on the music / sterilization idea because that would take out a good portion of the white male population since they are the ones that buy most of the hip-hop music, lol.

Just kidding on agreeing with you but if you were attempting to have your idea focus on “urban” kids that misfired because they are not the number one consumers of hip-hop music.

Goosenco

March 25th, 2013
2:18 pm

@ Margaret…Ever heard of Nascar Racer Mark Martin? 50+ year old White Male who LOVES that “noisy hip-hop and gangster rap music” as you call it.

WAR EAGLE

March 25th, 2013
2:19 pm

Yes, we need to cut down on the unwanted pregnancies. Therefore, the holier than thou “Christians” will stop their infringement on people’s rights. Remember, unless it has a birth certificate- it is not born yet. It is also a way to cut down on the orphanage population. Making it lighter and not tighter at the base would be a start. Although, if the woman would just give the guy a good “verbal oil change” in the beginning, she would not have to worry.

Margaret Gray

March 25th, 2013
2:21 pm

I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I did not mean to single out any particular demographic of rap or hip-hop listeners.

Without demographic discrimination or segmentation, I would like for ALL listeners of gangster rap & hip-hop music to be kept from spreading their diseases and breeding to create a whole new generation of parasites who will further siphon off our tax dollars.

Thank you for allowing me to clarify.

Foxhunter

March 25th, 2013
2:22 pm

Margaret was probably one of those that championed the defunding of Planned Parenthood, based on some misguided notion that it was an abortion factory.

Typical base voter.

Tap Out

March 25th, 2013
2:27 pm

Margaret and I never use a condom….the only protection we use is the paper bag I place over her face.

Superwoman

March 25th, 2013
2:34 pm

@Margaret…easy girl, sounds like you need to use a condom!

GRAPHITE

March 25th, 2013
2:36 pm

Can’t continue the legacy if you use these things.

Jean

March 25th, 2013
2:37 pm

@Margaret Gray, just get off the computer.

ken

March 25th, 2013
2:43 pm

why not a condom that will only cover the head of the penis(attached to the base by some means as well, yet allowing for maxium surface revealed…or male birth control.

Julie

March 25th, 2013
2:52 pm

Enter your comments here

"Little Margaret"

March 25th, 2013
2:52 pm

Margaret hasn’t had any action in a LOOOOONG time.

Honeyboo

March 25th, 2013
2:58 pm

Margaret Gray u stuck. Get a life!

Julie

March 25th, 2013
2:58 pm

Reading these comments that Margaret Gray frustrates me to al get out. You need to read through your comments and realize that you are not making sense. some of the riches and weathly black or white spread diseases…..It’s not as if people know they are infected others. Please explain how music has anything to do with it????

I Got It!

March 25th, 2013
3:01 pm

Can’t some genius out there invent a spray?!?!?!?!

Julie

March 25th, 2013
3:01 pm

Let me clarify my statement….if someone has a disease and they know it they typically are not going around spreading the disease they have. Margaret Gray I am ashamed to say that you are so wrong in all your comments and need God and lots of prayer.

Same Ole' Same

March 25th, 2013
3:04 pm

LMAO ! Please people, don’t give Margy Marge(Margaret)too much attention ! EVERYTHING has to be political or racial to narrow minded people like her !! She obviously doesn’t have much of a life,ANY friends or a sex life, so she’s trolling the blogs AGAIN to spew her anger ! Maybe SHE can invent a better condom for her dildo..oops..I meant her sex toy LMAO !!

Same Ole' Same

March 25th, 2013
3:05 pm

Margy Marge is her HIP-HOP/Rap name….Like “The Beastie Boys” LOL

Nothing Amazes Me!!!

March 25th, 2013
3:19 pm

@Margaret.. I meant (Eva Braun), just in case you need to know she was Hitler’s Girlfriend. You are just plain mean and nasty for no good reason.. Word to the wise- Get a Life.

Class of '98

March 25th, 2013
3:34 pm

“unless it has a birth certificate- it is not born yet”

That is the dumbest thing I have read in a long, long time.

War Eagle, do you hear many pro-lifers arguing that life begins at birth? Usually the argument is that life begins at conception. Birth is usually about nine months later.

Idiot.

Class of '98

March 25th, 2013
3:39 pm

One more thought about that moronic comment. Saying that a baby isn’t alive until there is a birth certificate is like saying a person isn’t dead until there is a death certificate.

I can’t believe I am even wasting my time in replying to such stupidity.

Timus

March 25th, 2013
3:41 pm

Margaret is an example of why you should use a condom!!

Ronnie Ray-gun

March 25th, 2013
4:04 pm

Only if it prevents liberals from reproducing.

mike

March 25th, 2013
4:51 pm

Hey Margaret Gray,

White male here, 32 yrs old, make $100K + in corporate job, pay my taxes.

All I listen to is hip-hop. The hard stuff too, not the radio friendly stuff. Man I hate stereotypes.

mt

March 25th, 2013
4:58 pm

All I listen to is hip-hop. The hard stuff too, not the radio friendly stuff. Man I hate stereotypes

I’m glad I didn’t have to listen that crap when I was young. Sittlng and watching grass grow and crickets chirp would be more enjoyable.

truth 2010

March 25th, 2013
5:49 pm

Did you know that 1 in every 15 black men will have AIDS at some point in their life!? This isnt in Africa, but America!

me

March 25th, 2013
6:29 pm

Ah to be rich, and just throw money at anything!

GTEE99

March 25th, 2013
7:51 pm

People who write newspaper articles should not try to talk about technology. Who cares that the site is using ASP.NET (look at the page extension) and how does that provide any value to the article?

MysteryMoves

March 25th, 2013
8:06 pm

Let’s not forget that GOP KKK Tea Party right wing extremist view (all) forms of abortion as murder.

Tessa

March 25th, 2013
8:37 pm

@Goosenco… No Way!! Would not have thought it.

Amazed

March 25th, 2013
8:37 pm

Only on AJC do you find such ignorance.

RapIsCrap

March 25th, 2013
8:46 pm

Do we really want anyone who listens to that RapCrap to reproduce, anyway?

Really?

Besides, what kind of simpleton comes to a newspaper blog to brag about how much money he makes to complete strangers?

Bhorsoft

March 25th, 2013
9:07 pm

Do we really want anyone who listens to that RapCrap to reproduce, anyway?

I wonder how many times my parents said that about that RockCrap. Music changes with the generations. Deal with it.

Lover

March 25th, 2013
9:21 pm

To all of yall bickering with each other- I think the idea is that the new condom is to be used in developing nations to “enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty.” I don’t think the Gates Foundation is looking to market the product in the USA. So the liberals and right wingers will be free to reproduce.

chick magnet

March 25th, 2013
11:54 pm

I’m offering Bill Gates One Million Dollars for a more user friendly windows, okay? FU, BG, you stink. You and your torture windows from hell. Nobody can figure it out. You have to take a four year course at Harvard just to send a f’ing email thanx to you. You stink, you pathetic loser.

Duh, wait, everybody, I’ve got a new and improved windows software thingie, and boy oh boy, you wont believe it.

We believe it, spanky. Can’t you just admit you’re a moron? I mean, come on. How many chances do you think you deserve?

Gads. The internet blows thanks to Bill Gates.

PEG

March 26th, 2013
3:55 am

Why not? We ALL needed a gates condom after Windows 98

Andy

March 26th, 2013
5:29 am

AIDS is a black and gay problem and gay blacks are twice as likely as white gays to contract AIDS. Obviously there is a communication break down in these two sub cultures.

Billy

March 26th, 2013
11:52 am

Hmmm. I believe he has too much money and too much time on his hands. Give to NGOs that feed people. There’s hunger in the world, BillyBob; push your piggybank in that direction. Endless lines of hungry children–you can’t go wrong…