Bill Gates wants a better rubber. Not necessarily for him, mind you, but for people in general.
According to the Grand Challenges in Global Health project of the Gates Foundation, they want a better rubber:
We are looking for a Next Generation Condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order to improve uptake and regular use.They're serious about this. They're offering $100,000 to help you get the project up ... so to speak. They think that's enough to cover it.
Now, I've never considered taking on such a project, but I suspect it would be hard. But, I'm sure there are plenty of people who would love to go hands-on in such an adventure. And, if they succeed, I'm sure good things will come.
There one thing, though. Despite the fact that Bill Gates is no longer running Microsoft, there's the natural association of him with the software giant. He founded the company, and ran it for years. Bill Gates and Microsoft are still thought of as one.
Add to that the fact that one of the primary uses of a condom is prevention of disease. They're not just for stopping pregnancy anymore; they're for stopping the spread of disease. Viruses.
What's Microsoft's record at stopping viruses?
Consider this: if someone says they got a virus, do you immediately thing of a disease? Or are you wondering if their Windows computer is infected?
Heck, I recently spent a couple of days removing trojans (the sneaky virus kind, not the prophylactic) from someone's Microsoft computer. Really. It was a very serious, very hard-to-fix problem. Ended up having to reformat the hard drive and restore the computer to factory settings after all other efforts failed.
So, should you trust something from Microsoft to stop a virus? Not on your life.