Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates looks to reinvent the toilet

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates “wants to reinvent the toilet,” Scott Olson reports for TIME Magazine.

“This next big idea for the good of mankind will now also be getting help from German taxpayers after Development Minister Dirk Niebel earmarked $10 million for a joint project with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” Olson reports. “Gates says it’s time to move on from the era of the classic toilet. He points out that, despite all the recent achievements, 40% of the world’s population, or some 2.5 billion people, still lives without proper means of flushing away excrement. But just giving them Western-style toilets isn’t possible because of the world’s limited water resources.”

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Microsoft's Bill GatesMicrosoft Zune and DockOlson reports, “Dutch engineer Frank Rijsberman… heads the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene department at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and he is presently working on two projects. With one project, the foundation supports the construction of pit latrines in rural areas and slums without sanitation facilities. With the other, it supports research projects, giving grants to scientists who come up with new ideas for using human excrement.”

“In April, Gates met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Christian Wulff in Berlin,” Olson reports. “In a press conference he told journalists that they didn’t talk politics, but discussed the idea of the ‘ultimate toilet.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Don’t laugh, the old thief’s an expert: For decades he’s been churning out shit and getting suckers to pay for the privilege of dealing with it.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “NuBee” for the heads up.]

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  1. This is a no brainer.

    With such a vast experience of packaging crap (ALL MS products ever made), this MUST be the company best suited for the task.

    As a matter of fact, what´s changed here? Isn´t it just business as usual?

    Hats off to Bill Waste

  2. I can hear the annual Ballmer-led MS Conference now to announce Windows Pista. Queue sweaty, forcibly excited Ballmer… and… “Defecators, defecators, defecators, defecators!”

  3. After spending millions on vaccines the have come to terms that the biggest gains are to be made in basic sanitation. They are working to develop systems and technology that do not require large amounts of fresh water and sewage treatment, energy, expense, etc. A low tech answer to one of the biggest problems of civilization. Three cheers for Melinda Gates (and Bill too).

    1. Thank you for a great reply. MDN, I usually like you guys and I adore Apple, but this was uncalled for. I may not like the products Gates’ company makes, but his philanthropical work is amazing and he helps save countless lives.

  4. Bill Gates…toilets…Bill Gates…toilets…Steve Ballmer…toilets…Steve Ballmer…toilets…Microsoft…turd…toilet…flush…sewer pipes…gone…

    See what I did there…Bill Gates just invented the toilet brush called Windows…

  5. (1) What happen if the toilet’s embedded OS has gone BSOD?
    (2) How often the toilet require update?
    (3) When “shit” happens… Can I still flush shit down or do I let shit burst it out?
    (4) Will any Microsoft Store carry the newly invented toilet?


  6. ” it supports research projects, giving grants to scientists who come up with new ideas for using human excrement”

    Isn’t that Micro$oft has been doing all along?

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