Part time tech evangelist and full time philanthropist Bill Gates is offering a $100,000 prize through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to anyone who can come up with a condom design for the 21st century.
The foundation could also secure up to $1 million of additional funding for a promising next-gen condom design. Basic condom design hasn’t changed much in half a century, so the foundation reckons it is time for a new one. Condoms are used by an estimated 750 million people across the world, and the figure probably doesn’t include tens of millions of liars and adulterers.
The foundation pointed out that “from the male perspective” condoms tend to decrease sexual pleasure, so one of the features high on its list is some way to increase sensation to get men to wear them more often. Female condoms have similar drawbacks and they are also quite a bit more expensive than their male counterparts, Mashable reports.
We do see a bit of a problem here. We all know Microsoft’s operating systems are renowned for their ahem, reliability, so a condom with the lifespan of a Russian dissident in Britain doesn’t sound like a very good idea at all.