Who is Bill Gates, almost everyone knows. He is known to some as the creator of one of the most influential software companies in the world, Microsoft. Others know him as the founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, while others saw him on the Forbes list of the richest people.

In 2020, in connection with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, for some Bill Gates became the embodiment of evil - the hero of a number of conspiracy theories, including chipping, population decline, and the creation of the coronavirus itself (so that later on to make money on the vaccine, of course).

Not just a 5G chip. The strangest ideas of Bill Gates
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Conspiracy theories did not appear from scratch: they began to be actively disseminated after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored the development of a vaccine against Covid-19 and subsequent vaccinations. In an interview with the BBC last year , Bill Gates said that he was worried about such conspiracy theories, but only because of their incitement to animosity between people. We will not talk about the fantasies of supporters of various conspiracy theories, but about very interesting ideas that an American entrepreneur once wanted or has already implemented.

MOSQUITO LASER

What do you know about malaria? It is hardly a lot, since in developed countries, including post-Soviet countries, this infectious disease is extremely rare. At the same time, in developing countries, especially in many parts of Africa, the problem of malaria is acute.

The disease is carried by female mosquitoes, and therefore in 2007 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation came up with an interesting idea - shooting insects with a blue laser, similar to the one used in Blu-ray drives.

In fact, Intellectual Ventures LLC, which the Bill Gates Foundation asked to help fight malaria, came up with the laser idea. The idea was not new, as it was invented back in the 1980s, when there was a strong increase in the incidence. As a result, the prototype of the anti-mosquito laser was nevertheless produced, and it was named Photonic Fence.

The device turned out to be very effective, a kind of mosquito air defense, tracking insects using the simplest red LEDs and photo sensors. When an object was detected, a blue laser was switched on, destroying the target.

Fence components with sensors and lasers have been sold on eBay for a long time. You can build such a protection yourself from the available tools and a certain amount of electronics. Although the prototype of the mosquito air defense showed high efficiency and reliability, its creators did not take into account several points.

First, for the poorest countries in Africa, $ 50 for one section of mosquito fence is a solid amount. Secondly, in the same regions there is a deplorable situation with electricity, or rather, there are no reliable sources of it.

THE MOST ECONOMICAL AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY TOILET

In 2011, the Bill Gates Foundation funded a prototype of a new generation of toilet for developing countries. In 2013, another grant was awarded to design a toilet for disadvantaged areas in India. The main requirement for the device being created was the ability to work in places without centralized water supply, electrification and sewerage.

Additionally, the toilet was required to process waste, preferably into energy or usable water. The maximum device maintenance cost was calculated at 5 cents per use.

The winners of the competition were promised considerable monetary rewards, namely: 100 thousand dollars for the 1st place and 5 million dollars for the launch of the project. In the end, the guys from the California Institute of Technology won the victory, invented a toilet that converts waste into hydrogen.

In 2018, the project found its continuation in China, where Bill Gates presented a new miracle of engineering - a new generation toilet, which also does not require a connection to a sewer and a water source. The feature of the device was the separation of solid and liquid sewage with their subsequent processing into chemical fertilizers.

Hurricanes are a very serious problem for the United States, resulting in colossal financial losses and human casualties. The last major hurricane Katrina in 2005 caused US $ 81 billion in damage and more than 1,800 deaths.

Therefore, in 2009, Bill Gates, together with a group of scientists, received three patents for the creation of technology aimed at preventing the formation of large hurricanes like Katrina.

The main idea was to cool ocean waters along the path of the hurricane. The technical solution looked something like this: the barges with the help of powerful pumps were supposed to pump warm water from the ocean surface to the depth, and to raise cold water from the depths upward. Due to the fact that it is warm water that is the driving force of the hurricane, cooling the waters, in theory, would help to reduce the activity of tornadoes and the harmful consequences.

The idea, it would seem, was excellent, but world experts in the field of meteorology rejected the project. Primarily because of its real ineffectiveness, ranking it in the realm of science fiction. The experts noted that the creators of the project clearly miscalculated in the calculations, underestimating the scale, namely: the required volumes of pumping water for at least significant cooling of ocean waters.

Also, meteorologists pointed to the fact that warm areas of the ocean are just one of many factors fueling the growth and strength of hurricanes.