Ever wanted to tell Bill Gates to “eat shit”? Well, you’re too late.

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Anyone who has used Microsoft products for some time knows that on a few too many occasions the company has expected us to swallow a lot of shit. I’m looking at you, Internet Explorer 6 and Windows Vista. But it seems that now, karma has kicked in and is getting its own back on Bill Gates.

Well, sort of, anyway. In his latest “Gates Note”, the Microsoft founder and frustratingly likeable billionaire has posted a video of a new technology that could potentially change the world by granting millions of people more access to safe, clean drinking water.

The twist? The drinking water is produced by processing feces. “The water tasted as good as any I’ve had out of a bottle”, Gates says on his blog.

The Janicki Omniprocessor also produces electricity:

“Through the ingenious use of a steam engine, it produces more than enough energy to burn the next batch of waste. In other words, it powers itself, with electricity to spare. The next-generation processor, more advanced than the one I saw, will handle waste from 100,000 people, producing up to 86,000 liters of potable water a day and a net 250 kw of electricity.”

Sounds transformative. The company behind it will apparently be attempting a pilot in Senegal later this year.

James O’Malley