Move over, Mr. Fusion! While the DeLorean's trusty trash-to-fuel maker was responsible for holding up against the harsh currents of time travel, it seems as though a different kind of man-made waste may be part of our near future soon. What, exactly?
Actual human feces can be transformed into drinkable, clean water. Weird, huh? But according to Gates, poop is the answer.
The mind behind Microsoft recently tested the Janicki Omniprocessor - a new kind of low-cost waste treatment plant that could offer serious help in regions of the world where water is scarce or not drinkable. All you need is some sewer sludge, or, more conveniently, some poop.
The process is interesting, and definitely worth checking out:
Water isn't the only thing that the OmniPresser can turn your excrement in to - electricity and pathogen-free ash is created as sludge moves along the massive structure's conveyor belt. Who knew you could poop out productivity?
On a serious note, this would undoubtedly help areas of the world where everyday things such as clean water and a lightbulb are considered a luxury. Renewable energy is severely important to our continued existence, and while it's not that easy to tell how much feces we produce as a species, it's certainly enough to keep us hydrated with the OmniProcessor.
Places ranging from Sao Paolo, Brazil, where citizens are dealing with a national water crisis, and here at home in California during one of the most severe droughts in history, could seriously benefit from this new processing technique.
Yes, humanity: not only can the subject of poop cause roughly fifteen minutes of childish laughter in the editorial office of MoviePilot, but now, it can keep us alive.
(Source: The Gates Notes)