Bill Gates, having decided computers have run their course or whatever, has decided to focus his efforts on reinventing the toilet to aid the some 2.6 BILLION PEOPLE IN THE WORLD with no reliable source of sanitary shitter. Wow, that actually does sound pretty noble. Granted nowhere near as noble as Baron GW von Intertubes, but what does?
Water hygiene and safe waste disposal are two of the biggest causes of infant mortality in the developing countries. Gates and his foundation hope to create inexpensive toilets to vastly improve the living conditions of millions of people. It may seem like a silly subject but it's one that could save lives around the world.
Today, 40% of the world's population does not have access to flush toilets. One billion people defecate in the open. Each year, 1.5 million children die each year from diarrhea, many of which are preventable with improved sanitation.
HOLY SHIT DYING FROM DIARRHEA ASIDE, they should invent one that muffles farts while they're at it. Because let's face it, no matter how far I manually spread my buttcheeks, they always make a sound. TRUST ME. But not the government -- they've been lying to us about aliens.
Hit the jump for a short video about the project that says doodoo in the beginning.
Bill Gates To Reinvent The Toilet [mashable]
Thanks to Evil Ares, who once saw a guy crapping in an alley behind a bar. Yeaaaaaaah, that was me, and next time I'd appreciate you respecting my privacy.