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EV0LUTION
Feb 4, 2009, 08:14 PM
Personally I think this is hilarious:

After taking the stage at the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference, the former CEO of Microsoft declared, "Not only poor people should experience this," and let loose a swarm of mosquitoes on the crowd. It almost (but only almost) makes sense when you realize that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent millions of dollars and immeasurable amounts of man-hours to end malaria.

The completely out of character antics quickly made their way around the Internet thanks to Twitter. The tech elite on hand, such as Dave Morin, manager of Facebook; Ev Williams, CEO of Twitter; and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar all reported the swarm as it was unfolding.

Link (http://www.switched.com/2009/02/04/bill-gates-unleases-mosquitoes-on-tech-elite/)

zap2
Feb 4, 2009, 08:17 PM
haha, i like it!

a little crazy, but brings the point home


hopefully it doesn't back fire as far as donations go

Theophany
Feb 4, 2009, 08:17 PM
Christ almighty... I'm really hoping that this is a hoax of some sort, purely because it is demented behaviour.

EV0LUTION
Feb 4, 2009, 08:31 PM
haha, i like it!

a little crazy, but brings the point home


hopefully it doesn't back fire as far as donations go

I can see that headline *Bill Gates kills Hundreds of CEO's with Malaria Carrying Mosquitoes*

NT1440
Feb 4, 2009, 08:34 PM
I can see that headline *Bill Gates kills Hundreds of CEO's with Malaria Carrying Mosquitoes*

Like the simpsons said; "you think I got my company to the top by writing checks!?"

Zombie Acorn
Feb 4, 2009, 08:44 PM
Check out the 1983 apple dating game link down below that hahaha

Gatorman
Feb 5, 2009, 07:47 AM
Wow......I'm not sure what more there is to say!

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,488348,00.html

xUKHCx
Feb 5, 2009, 07:52 AM
Lost his mind but making a much needed point about malaria?

It seems to be an effective way of getting the point across and publicity.

Very clever if you ask me.

Apple Ink
Feb 5, 2009, 07:55 AM
I think he is a bloody brilliant genius!

edesignuk
Feb 5, 2009, 07:56 AM
Wow......I'm not sure what more there is to say!

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,488348,00.html
That fact that you think he's lost his mind because he made quite a ballsy statement says more about you than him.

Gatorman
Feb 5, 2009, 09:53 AM
That fact that you think he's lost his mind because he made quite a ballsy statement says more about you than him.

That I wouldn't release mosquitos onto a group of people? Or I don't believe in educating people on a matter by using a practice that results in causing panic, fear, and distress at the fact that they could be infected with Malaria? Well, I suppose it does say a lot about me, then.

While it was a unique method to get his point across, I have to disagree with it entirely. I believe that there are other ways at educating people on important matters, rather than leading to believe that their general health is in jeopardy......ESPECIALLY AT A TECH EXPO! To me, this is no different than someone educating on maladies of chemical and biological warfare and then tossing flour in front of a fan and calling it anthrax, later to reveal that there's no harm done.

So, as one who has taken a Hippocratic Oath to never deliberate harm to anyone for anyone else's interest and keep the good of the patient as the highest priority, I suppose it DOES say a lot about me. I prefer to get the point across using other measures that preserves the well being of an individual, as opposed to using scare tactics to spread my message. I may not be "ballsy" in my approach, but I do prefer to look out for my fellow man.

arkitect
Feb 5, 2009, 09:58 AM
That I wouldn't release mosquitos onto a group of people, causing panic, fear, and distress at the fact that they could be infected with Malaria?

So you see you have missed his point.

That is what millions of people around the world live with… daily…

A much needed reminder.
He keeps rising in my esteem.

Now Apple's CEO on the other hand… :rolleyes:

PS.
No, those weren't malaria carrying mosquitoes…

Iscariot
Feb 5, 2009, 10:01 AM
Okay, now I know what I'm doing for my funeral.

Coffin opens up, releases a swarm of bees.

BornAgainMac
Feb 5, 2009, 11:05 AM
"Release the hounds."

ejb190
Feb 5, 2009, 11:25 AM
A swarm of mosquitoes? A SWARM? What where there in that little jar? 20? 50 lab raised mosquitoes? And how many people were in the room? And given that half the insects were probably males, which don't feed on blood... This is just another example of the media using sensationalist writing to change the focus from Malaria to slander the reputation of a man who is doing something truly important with his wealth. And I despise Microsoft as much as the next Mac fan...

Malaria is serious stuff, as is Yellow Fever, West Nile Virus, and other mosquito-borne diseases. I hope Bill managed to open some eyes to the importance of what he is doing with his foundation.

And don't even get me started about how this illustrated the ignorance the developed world has of nature and the world around them.

Sorry, something about the way this was reported touched a nerve there.

iJohnHenry
Feb 5, 2009, 11:26 AM
It would be funny if he pulled a fast one on the media, and they were all males.

Only females suck blood, and therefore carry malaria.

:p

Mousse
Feb 5, 2009, 11:28 AM
I can see that headline *Bill Gates kills Hundreds of CEO's with Malaria Carrying Mosquitoes*

That's one way to jump start the economy.;) Get rid of the "old boys network" that got us into this mess to begin with and have a new batch of CEO's step in.:D Now, were those mosquitoes male or female? Only the females are blood suckers.

Edit: D'oh. A little late on the trivial tidbits.

Apple Ink
Feb 5, 2009, 11:29 AM
So you see you have missed his point.

That is what millions of people around the world live with… daily…

A much needed reminder.
He keeps rising in my esteem.

Now Apple's CEO on the other hand… :rolleyes:

PS.
No, those weren't malaria carrying mosquitoes…

I think there was something very much on these lines lately

What was it.... Something like "while the World sees the one of it's most brilliant spending time in charity and welfare of the planet after nearly fulfilling his dream of a computer on every desk, Steve Jobs the one man capable of taking Gates thrown of intelligence will be remebered as the cunning sadist who never left his founded company till the very end"......
I'm way off but it's ok these lines... Now if I can fond where it was....

plumbingandtech
Feb 5, 2009, 11:36 AM
They should sue him. I heard he's rich.


A much needed reminder.
He keeps rising in my esteem.

Now Apple's CEO on the other hand…

So he goes robber baron / convicted monopolistic for three decades amassing billions and then he spends the last few years giving away a portion his monopoly booty and he "rises" in your esteem.

If I rob banks for a living then give away some money when I turn sixty I hope I raise in your self esteem too!

Not.

EmperorDarius
Feb 5, 2009, 11:40 AM
He's a retard.

mogzieee
Feb 5, 2009, 11:44 AM
Interesting presentation technique. I should use that on a more daily basis.

Queso
Feb 5, 2009, 11:47 AM
Beats sitting through Death by PowerPoint :D

Dagless
Feb 5, 2009, 12:08 PM
Sounds like fun, but what a mentalist!

arkitect
Feb 5, 2009, 12:16 PM
If I rob banks for a living then give away some money when I turn sixty I hope I raise in your self esteem too!

Not.
Bill Gates robbed banks? Wow! I thought he developed a very succesful Operating System and played the capitalist system to make himself (and quite a few others) very rich.
Robbery had nothing to do with it.


I hope I raise in your self esteem too!

No. You won't. Because someone with their head so far up their fan boy ar** that they can't think clearly doesn't deserve any estimation…
:rolleyes:

davidwarren
Feb 5, 2009, 12:24 PM
That I wouldn't release mosquitos onto a group of people? Or I don't believe in educating people on a matter by using a practice that results in causing panic, fear, and distress at the fact that they could be infected with Malaria? Well, I suppose it does say a lot about me, then.

While it was a unique method to get his point across, I have to disagree with it entirely. I believe that there are other ways at educating people on important matters, rather than leading to believe that their general health is in jeopardy......ESPECIALLY AT A TECH EXPO! To me, this is no different than someone educating on maladies of chemical and biological warfare and then tossing flour in front of a fan and calling it anthrax, later to reveal that there's no harm done.

So, as one who has taken a Hippocratic Oath to never deliberate harm to anyone for anyone else's interest and keep the good of the patient as the highest priority, I suppose it DOES say a lot about me. I prefer to get the point across using other measures that preserves the well being of an individual, as opposed to using scare tactics to spread my message. I may not be "ballsy" in my approach, but I do prefer to look out for my fellow man.

I agree. That was outrageous behavior.

Eric5h5
Feb 5, 2009, 05:04 PM
Bill Gates robbed banks? Wow! I thought he developed a very succesful Operating System and played the capitalist system to make himself (and quite a few others) very rich.
Robbery had nothing to do with it.

If that was actually what he did, then people wouldn't have a problem with it. Maybe you should go educate yourself instead of just repeating untruths...makes you sound indistinguishable from those "fan boys" that you dislike....

--Eric

EV0LUTION
Feb 5, 2009, 09:08 PM
I wounder how many he let out? I can't stand one, i can't imagine 500 in the same room.

Beats sitting through Death by PowerPoint :D

I would rather be killed by a power point than killed by a million of blood sucking insects.

NT1440
Feb 5, 2009, 09:11 PM
You know, the further his image drifts from Microsoft, the more I like Bill Gates. Very commendable for his charity work. Keep up the great humanitarian work Bill!

EV0LUTION
Feb 5, 2009, 09:15 PM
You know, the further his image drifts from Microsoft, the more I like Bill Gates. Very commendable for his charity work. Keep up the great humanitarian work Bill!

The next conference will be bees!!!

AceWilfong
Feb 5, 2009, 09:18 PM
the release of a revamped Vista. Actually, I prefer the Seinfeld ads...same source, probably.

NT1440
Feb 5, 2009, 09:21 PM
If that was actually what he did, then people wouldn't have a problem with it. Maybe you should go educate yourself instead of just repeating untruths...makes you sound indistinguishable from those "fan boys" that you dislike....

--Eric

Ok, yes MS did some bad things at the start, as did apple, but Bill was actually incredibly hands on in development through XP, when he started to phase out towards retirement (look what happened:p). You can't say that he just stole for nearly 20 years. MS has had their own innovations.

eRondeau
Feb 5, 2009, 10:20 PM
I am sure these were genetically-engineered non-virulent biteless mosquitoes, developed by the same crack team that released Vista on an unsuspecting world. Besides, I don't know what the big deal is -- I get dozens of mosquito bites every summer -- you can't avoid them where I live.

JNB
Feb 5, 2009, 10:45 PM
Send a bag of unidentified white powder to the White House and see what happens in your attempt to "make a point."

Queso
Feb 6, 2009, 04:28 AM
I would rather be killed by a power point than killed by a million of blood sucking insects.
You obviously haven't sat through as many conferences and seminars as I have :D

RedTomato
Feb 6, 2009, 10:01 AM
Cool stunt. And he made his point. And a very valuable point it was too.

I hate microsoft too but props to him for this. He raised global awareness of something that kills millions of people a year, that to be honest, a lot of us thought was over and done with in the past.

I noticed with the problems in the OLPC project, tech people seemed less keen on third world projects. Hopefully this will renew some vigour.

Personally, I would be happy to put up with some mozzie bites if it had an effect like this. And as the audience were all awake and alert, probably nobody got bit, even if the mozzies were all bloodsucking females. Most probably all got squashed.

There's nothing like discussing the relief of malaria while listening to bloodsuckers buzzing about your ears.

iParis
Feb 6, 2009, 10:06 AM
OMG! I can't stop laughing!!!
Bill Gates is the mosquito queen!

carlgo
Feb 6, 2009, 11:41 AM
I am going to release Snakes on a Plane to call attention to the declining serpent population. Don't worry, they will all be de-venomed and their bites will only cause minor infections and discomfort.

Oh, and it will be the Media's fault if they report it.

carlgo
Feb 6, 2009, 11:48 AM
Oh, I forget to tell you. I cloned that 45 foot, 1.5 ton snake that is in the news. I can only release that on big airplanes and I will feed it a couple of goats so it isn't hungry. It will probably just sleep in the center aisle. You will be ok if you don't tease it. If is starts getting cranky, just throw a couple of unruly children, combative drunks or terrorists at it.

pooky
Feb 6, 2009, 11:49 AM
That I wouldn't release mosquitos onto a group of people? Or I don't believe in educating people on a matter by using a practice that results in causing panic, fear, and distress at the fact that they could be infected with Malaria? Well, I suppose it does say a lot about me, then.

Oh for ****'s sake. No one is going to get malaria from this.

1. There are thousands of mosquito species on the planet.

2. A very small number of those (a dozen or so, all in the genus Anopheles) can carry malaria.

3. Roughly 50% of those can actually bite humans.

4. A small percentage of those are actually infected with Plasmodium.

5. Consider the source of his mosquitos. He probably bought them from a lab, in which case, even if they are the female bitey variety, they can't have malaria, as they are the wrong species. Even if he went outside and collected them, do you know what percentage of the mosquitoes in Seattle carry malaria? Zero.

This was a good stunt. That brief moment of panic he induced when some wealthy techie westerner hears an unfamiliar buzzing in his ear illustrates how truly foreign that sound has become to so many first world, temperate city dwellers. The realization that a huge percentage of the world's population lives with that sound every day may actually inspire some action. The realization that most of the world doesn't live with the dubious benefit of insecticides deliberately sprayed into waterways in the name of "vector control" might get some tubby rich white guy to care enough to donate.

Malaria can be cured, and eventually it will be cured. Technology has not been the limiting step; the will to do it is what is lacking. We pour money into research into AIDS and cancer (both of which kill fewer people, especially fewer young people and children) not because these diseases are more deserving, but because these diseases kill us. Malaria doesn't kill us, it kills someone else. It kills children we never meet, and whose names we can't pronounce. It kills numbers, not people. That's why we don't care.

</rant>

That-Is-Bull
Feb 9, 2009, 10:46 PM
Bill Gates was threat #4 on the Colbert Report because of this :D

"Bill Gates claims that the mosquitoes were malaria-free, but who knows? He's responsible for Microsoft. They had to have some viruses."

Or something like that.

iBookG4user
Feb 9, 2009, 11:07 PM
Any respect I had for Gates vanished when I read this. I find it a very immature but dramatic way to get a point across, even if there was no harm involved I wouldn't want a swarm of mosquitoes released upon me at an expo. That wouldn't make me consider giving to a foundation, that'd make me want to take away any support that I had for it. And no, I wouldn't see it differently if it were any other person who unleashed the mosquitoes, I don't have any hate for Bill Gates.

.Andy
Feb 10, 2009, 12:41 AM
I'm surprised so many people think this idea sucks. People are too vein if they worry about mosquito bites.

iBookG4user
Feb 10, 2009, 12:50 AM
I'm surprised so many people think this idea sucks. People are too vein if they worry about mosquito bites.

Well, I'd like to know if you would have had a different opinion if you'd been sitting in the front row :)

AceWilfong
Feb 10, 2009, 12:54 AM
I'm surprised so many people think this idea sucks. People are too vein if they worry about mosquito bites.
Nice play on words.:D

.Andy
Feb 10, 2009, 12:55 AM
^^^^edit: thanks AceWilfong ;):)^^^

Well, I'd like to know if you would have had a different opinion if you'd been sitting in the front row :)
I've got a thick skin. I wouldn't get upset at such a proboscerous demonstration.

sahnert
Feb 10, 2009, 01:17 AM
Of those who have lambasted gates for this, how many have actually seen the video of his presentation (http://www.ted.com/talks/bill_gates_unplugged.html)?

There is nothing dramatic or outrageous about this in context.

Apple Ink
Feb 10, 2009, 01:40 AM
Well... I'm even more confident that I've never known a person more ingenious than Gates..

He wanted to make this exact point of how we react to a few mosquitoes while in the African Continent alone thousands die every year due to the disease..

But rest assured that the mosquitoes he released there probably were all full vegans. Yep.. mosquitoes all prefer nectar and a large and hefty majority dont require blood... those that do are a few species of females and they too require it only for nourishing their eggs!
After that... in an air conditioned environment... they'd be lucky to survive long enough to enjoy the topic of conversation.

If after all this one was a sanguivore and survived the arctic temperatures... it wouldnt get past the layers of clothing and most importantly..... the "conscious" people frantically grappling their hands all around!
And thats what his aim was... to tell us how we act like crazies in presence of a few vegan mosquitos while a lot of folks spend their whole eternity in inferno of mosquitoes!

bunty
Feb 10, 2009, 02:58 PM
So you see you have missed his point.

That is what millions of people around the world live with… daily…

A much needed reminder.
He keeps rising in my esteem.

Now Apple's CEO on the other hand… :rolleyes:

PS.
No, those weren't malaria carrying mosquitoes…

They should have not served any food there to remind the crowd of the daily starving millions all over the world, turned off the water in the bathrooms to remind the crowds of those living daily with stagnant filthy water, they should have cut power to the building to remind the crowd about those living in darkness and shacked everyone to their seats to remind them of the oppressed and forgotten in the world's "work camps".

RedTomato
Feb 10, 2009, 03:12 PM
They should have not served any food there to remind the crowd of the daily starving millions all over the world, turned off the water in the bathrooms to remind the crowds of those living daily with stagnant filthy water, they should have cut power to the building to remind the crowd about those living in darkness and shacked everyone to their seats to remind them of the oppressed and forgotten in the world's "work camps".

I'd go for that. People need some reminding of realities. I spent a year living in a house without electricity. I dunno what that taught me, except that some of what we call 'essentials' aren't really all that essential.

Mind you, some of that TED audience might actually *pay* to be shackled down and abused.

Apple Ink
Feb 10, 2009, 09:56 PM
They should have not served any food there to remind the crowd of the daily starving millions all over the world, turned off the water in the bathrooms to remind the crowds of those living daily with stagnant filthy water, they should have cut power to the building to remind the crowd about those living in darkness and shacked everyone to their seats to remind them of the oppressed and forgotten in the world's "work camps".

I'd go for that. People need some reminding of realities. I spent a year living in a house without electricity. I dunno what that taught me, except that some of what we call 'essentials' aren't really all that essential.

Mind you, some of that TED audience might actually *pay* to be shackled down and abused.

I'm very much certain you're not going to acquire life threatening diseases like AIDS and TB by cutting of the lights.....
Why dont you get it that thousands DIE every year because of Malaria and thats what he wanted the audience to realize..... tell me who'll die if you cut of lights to your house or an auditorium full of press.....

RTiii320
Feb 15, 2009, 07:15 PM
I guess it's a good way to get your point across. Glad to hear his organization is contributing around 170 million for research.

iJohnHenry
Feb 15, 2009, 07:24 PM
Right. Let's hear it for tax right-offs. :rolleyes:

alphaod
Feb 15, 2009, 07:24 PM
That's hot.

iJohnHenry
Feb 15, 2009, 07:29 PM
You must be a farkin' accountant.

Down boy.