Bill Gates Gives Presentation About Poop

Bill Gates is at a toilet convention, talking about human waste, and how to convert it into electricity and drinking water – pretty cool!

By nowproducerdave on November 6, 2018
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Yes, that Bill Gates, formerly of Microsoft Windows (and other software). He has been involved for years now in researching a better toilet. One that helps prevent disease, kills bacteria, and provides drinking water?

It’s not a far-fetched idea, he and his research team have actually sort of done it. Long version short, what he’s trying to do is provide clean toilet systems, like treatment facilities, to poor and third-world countries. It’s basically a full-on treatment facility in one compact package. Bill says that it may even be available for as little as $500.

Basically, without digging too deep into the technology involved (since there really isn’t much info available anyway), it will separate liquids and solida. Now, that doesn’t sound revolutionary, but it will also separate any “harmful byproducts,” like the bacteria that can cause many deadly diseases. Bill Gates made the presentation while standing next to a jar of, uh, poo. He drew attention to the jar, and said that the small sample contains a lot of things. He says that the sample can contain “as many as 200 trillion rotavirus… 20 billion Shigella bacteria, and 100,000 parasitic worm eggs.”

The long-term goal of what he’s working on: To provide cheap-to-operate toilets. The toilets must be able to convert the waste into “useful” products. Clean drinking water, for example. Bill has also demonstrated that “clean drinking water” is possible back in 2015. It can also generate electricity. As you can see, a toilet that can do those things, in addition to safely carry away waste, and do it cheaply, is big news. See some more info here.

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