Bill Gates brings poop to the podium to tout new toilet tech

Bill Gates brings poop to the podium to tout new toilet tech

He showed the audience a jar of human excrement and explained that such a standard amount of feces contains 200 trillion rotaviruses 20 billion bacteria Shigella and 100 000 eggs of parasitic worms.

Through the Gates Foundation's "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge", Bill and Melinda Gates have given $200 million to teams seeking to develop waterless toilets over the past seven years.

To demonstrate the importance of sanitation Gates held up a clear jar of human feaces during a speech at the Beijing event.

The Microsoft co-founder and co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation made a plea for the safe disposal of human waste during his keynote at the event in Beijing.

Gates noted that the production of these toilets is in its initial phase, and that it will be at least a decade before reinvented toilets reach the masses in the poorest areas.

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This can cause diseases like cholera, diarrhoea and dysentery which kill hundreds of thousands of people every year. "We can help jump-start a new era of safe sanitation for the 21st century by developing solutions that can leapfrog today's existing infrastructure, functioning anywhere and everywhere". So these toilets internalize the sewage treatment process and turn human waste into drinking water, agricultural fertilizer, or even energy-one proposed design turns human waste into hydrogen and then stores it in hydrogen fuel cells.

The entrepreneur described the inventions on display as the "most significant advances in sanitation in almost 200 years". The convention boasted new products that challenge the traditional sanitation methods, which the World Health Organization says still eludes 2.3 billion people around the world - a problem that leads to the spread of deadly diseases.

"As we have these newer cities with lots of less wealthy people in them, those sewers have not been built and in fact, it's not likely they ever will be, so the question is, could you do it?" As adoption of these multi-unit toilets increases, and costs decline, a new category of reinvented household toilets will become available, the Gates Foundation said.

The initial demand for the reinvented toilet will be in places like schools, apartment buildings, and community bathroom facilities. "It's gonna take time before we get the volume to really take down to the low end of the market", Gates said.

Gates' trip comes amid trade tension between China and the United States, the world's two largest economies, which have slapped tit-for-tat tariffs on goods worth billions of dollars.

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