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Gates looks to get a rise out of the traditional condom industry

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is offering quite a challenge to brilliant minds everywhere: create a condom that men prefer to use over no condom. 

On Gates' "Impatient Optimists" website for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a blog post describes how condoms are effective at preventing the spread of HIV and unintended pregnancy, but most people don't want to use them. Why? Mainly because it hinders the sexual experience. 

The blog post was written by Papa Salif Sow, a senior program officer in HIV Prevention at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Stephen Ward, a program officer for Discovery & Translational Sciences at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

"It may seem obvious, but the success and impact of any public health tool hinges on that tool being used consistently and correctly by those who need it," said the blog post. "Vaccines sitting on shelves don’t prevent disease.  New tuberculosis drug regimens won’t help if patients stop taking them halfway through the necessary days.  Likewise, the potential value of condoms is limited by inconsistent use."

It mentions that many other HIV preventative and contraceptive methods are in development, such as fast-dissolving vaginal films and combination vaginal rings. However, many of these alternatives are years from hitting store shelves either due to development issues, regulatory approval, etc.

We have a perfectly good solution already available: condoms. But Gates feels it is time to give the condom a much-needed update so that they're used more frequently. 

"What if we could develop a condom that would provide all the benefit of our current versions, without the drawbacks?" said the blog post. "Even better, what if we could develop one that was preferred to no condom?"

 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is challenging scientists, entrepreneurs, etc. to partake in the Next Generation of Condoms, which is part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Explorations. 

Gates' Grand Challenges are always looking for an old idea to redesign and make into a more effective product. For example, last August, Gates awarded prizes to three teams at an event in Seattle, Washington called "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge." Scientists, inventors, designers and students enrolled in the challenge were asked that they create a toilet design that strays from the traditional flush toilet. 

If you've got an idea that will encourage "wrapping" it while making men still want to "tap" it, then submit your ideas to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation here.

Source: Impatient Optimists



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RE: How about you start by...
By ppardee on 3/25/2013 3:30:34 PM , Rating: 0
When you sit in a chair, do you first check to make sure it is sound? Unless you're neurotic (which is fine, mind you), you just sit down, strong in your faith that it will hold you.

When you drive your car, you have faith that most of the people on the road around you know how to drive and are paying attention. If you didn't, you'd hardly be able to drive to work.

Faith is real and you have it.

You could say my faith in GOD is a load of crap because you're entitled to your uninformed opinion, but FAITH is not a load of crap.

Interestingly (or not), lack of faith in God is, by default, fanatic faith in oneself. Atheists have faith that their fundamental understanding of the universe is absolutely correct and that faith says that God can't exist.


RE: How about you start by...
By Motoman on 3/25/2013 4:01:19 PM , Rating: 5
Nope.

You're misusing the term "faith" and I hope you're smart enough to realize it.

You can have faith that a chair will hold you...granted that you can see it there, and it appears to have no obvious defects. Because if the chair already had one leg broken off, you'd realize you probably shouldn't try to sit in it. Or...if the chair wasn't there at all...one would presume you'd not try to sit down on something that wasn't there.

Atheists, on the other hand, are fundamentally aware of the fact that their understanding of the universes is *not* absolutely correct, and is subject to revision at any time when new information is found via the scientific method. Atheism categorically does *not* say that "god can't exist." It says that there is no proof that a god or gods does exist.

The only thing absolute here is your own failure.


RE: How about you start by...
By ppardee on 3/25/2013 5:31:52 PM , Rating: 3
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/faith
"confidence or trust in a person or thing"

I cannot say with 100% certainty that God exists. But I can say that prayer works and the principles in the Bible are accurate based on my experience. Based on this, I can infer that God exists in the same way astronomers can tell that planets orbit distant stars. I can see His effect in my life.

How many atheists do you discuss religion with on a weekly basis? Easily 90% of them will state outright and with strong conviction that God is fictitious, not that they have no proof that He exists. They will evangelize their faith without end and ridicule others for their belief.

The truth is that EVERYTHING prior to human existence is speculation. History has shown that science is quite fallible and strongly held beliefs in the scientific community have been turn on their heads through the years.

How can one say "I accept the fact that what I know about the fundamentals of the universe could be wrong." and "What you're saying is absolutely wrong, but I can't prove it." at the same time? ESPECIALLY at a time where we KNOW our models of the universe are fundamentally flawed since they cannot exist in the same reality without funky string theory dances!

It is intellectual snobbery and is rampant in the atheist community.


RE: How about you start by...
By Cargan Ricman on 3/25/2013 5:48:50 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I cannot say with 100% certainty that God exists. But I can say that prayer works and the principles in the Bible are accurate based on my experience.


I'm curious, what exactly in your personal experience has led you to believe that prayer actually works?


RE: How about you start by...
By Cargan Ricman on 3/25/2013 6:21:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
How can one say "I accept the fact that what I know about the fundamentals of the universe could be wrong." and "What you're saying is absolutely wrong, but I can't prove it." at the same time?


If I am not mistaken, Atheists aren't saying this. Rather what they're saying is "I accept the fact that what I know about the fundamentals of the universe could be wrong." and "As a result, if you have any evidence which proves that my current understanding about the universe is wrong then I would be glad to see it and change my mind."


RE: How about you start by...
By Solandri on 3/25/2013 5:38:23 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Atheists, on the other hand, are fundamentally aware of the fact that their understanding of the universes is *not* absolutely correct, and is subject to revision at any time when new information is found via the scientific method. Atheism categorically does *not* say that "god can't exist." It says that there is no proof that a god or gods does exist.

No, that's agnosticism.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnosticism
"Agnosticism is the view that the existence or non-existence of any deity is unknown and possibly unknowable."

Atheism is the belief that there is no god(s).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism
"Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist."

Many (most?) atheists like to use the third definition I've quoted above because it bolsters their numbers. But it mixes up two of the three logically distinct sets so is a poor definition. Belief in a diety (theism), belief that there is no diety (atheism), and uncertainty about a diety (agnosticism).


RE: How about you start by...
By flyingpants1 on 3/31/2013 1:11:11 AM , Rating: 2
Nnnnnnooooo.. that's atheism. You don't get it.

All atheists are also agnostics (open to the belief in god, if there were ever any evidence).

All agnostics are also atheists (lacking a belief in god).

It's not complicated, you just need to think about it for more than 2 minutes at a time.


RE: How about you start by...
By tayb on 3/25/2013 4:19:51 PM , Rating: 2
You can twist the words faith and belief to fit into nearly anything. Generally speaking a faith is a belief in something without evidence. Belief is merely something you accept to be true. With this definition in mind your entire post is pure nonsense.

quote:
When you sit in a chair, do you first check to make sure it is sound? Unless you're neurotic (which is fine, mind you), you just sit down, strong in your faith that it will hold you.


No, I hope the chair will hold me. Why would I have faith that it will hold me? I have no evidence to support such a belief.

quote:
When you drive your car, you have faith that most of the people on the road around you know how to drive and are paying attention. If you didn't, you'd hardly be able to drive to work.


No, I hope they won't hit me. Again, I have no evidence to believe anyone else on the road even has a drivers license.

quote:
Faith is real and you have it.


Faith can only exist by believing in things that cannot be proven. If you adhere to a far more liberal definition faith can include strong beliefs a high level of confidence. With this definition in mind anyone can have 'faith' in anything. The definition is far too broad to be useful.

quote:
Interestingly (or not), lack of faith in God is, by default, fanatic faith in oneself. Atheists have faith that their fundamental understanding of the universe is absolutely correct and that faith says that God can't exist.


A lack of faith in something does not constitute an affirmative faith in something else or the opposite. If I don't believe spider man is real that does not mean I have faith that spider man is not real. Why? Because I cannot prove that spider man does not exist. I wouldn't even try because the burden of proof does not rest on me. I believe spider man is not real and if you believe otherwise it is your job to present evidence.


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