I generally wouldn’t want to cause harm to any living creatures (we found a mouse in my flat a few weeks ago, and I wanted to reason with it), but mosquitoes are very much another story. As far as I’m concerned, the little bloodsuckers are very much fair game. And for those not feeling the classic ‘rolled up newspaper’ approach, a scientist has come up with the world’s first automated mosquito laser.
Screaming “Not only poor people should experience this!”, last night Bill Gates released a swarm of mosquitoes into the audience at TED – a technology conference in California. You just can’t make this stuff up.
Gates, whose foundation spends millions of dollars on combating malaria, was making a point that rich countries don’t pay the disease enough attention because it doesn’t really impact their citizenry. Still, hell of a PR stunt!
The Twittersphere reported the swarm as it was release, with eBay founder and Twitter CEO Pierre Omidyar providing the best commentary.