BILL GATES ON THE THRONE

Tri-City Herald - - Business -

It’s not fair to say Mi­crosoft’s tech­nol­ogy is in the toi­let, but it’s true that com­pany co-founder Bill Gates is try­ing to draw more at­ten­tion to new toi­lets and other tech­nol­ogy that could more safely dis­pose of hu­man waste. And he didn’t mind sit­ting next to a beaker of hu­man fe­ces dur­ing a speech at the start of a “Rein­vented Toi­let” Expo in China. More than 20 com­pa­nies and in­sti­tu­tions dis­played tech­nolo­gies at the event, from self-con­tained toi­lets to a small-scale, self-pow­ered waste treat­ment plant. UNICEF es­ti­mates that 4.5 bil­lion peo­ple world­wide lack ac­cess to safe san­i­ta­tion, and that 480,000 chil­dren un­der the age of 5 die every year from di­ar­rhea, pri­mar­ily in South Asia and sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa.

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