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    distributed and net positive

    I don't know what the following in red is saying.

    The upside of this toilet is almost incalculable. For starters, removing human faces from the equation solves an enormous portion of the global disease burden (which also slows population growth). Doing so in a way that is distributed (so that it doesn't require massive upfront infrastructure investment) and net positive for water and power makes this technology radically disruptive.

    Thank you.

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    Re: distributed and net positive

    I am sure that some technologically-minded member can show us that this make sense. To me, a native speaker of English for over sixty years, it is just gobbledegook.

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    Re: distributed and net positive

    I imagine they want to remove "feces," and not "faces."

    I assume "distributed" means that the payments are not all at once, but rather someone else pays for the items and the users pay them back over time.

    I also assume that "net positive" means that the toilets create water and power for future use, rather than consuming them.

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    Re: distributed and net positive

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I assume "distributed" means that the payments are not all at once, but rather someone else pays for the items and the users pay them back over time.
    But what does that have to do with "massive upfront infrastructure investment"? Could it rather mean that the this technology allows to save water on a global scale without requiring any sort of centralized planning?

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    Re: distributed and net positive

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    But what does that have to do with "massive upfront infrastructure investment"? Could it rather mean that the this technology allows to save water on a global scale without requiring any sort of centralized planning?
    Having seen some more of the questions on this topic, I now believe they mean that these toilets don't require water and sewage systems. They are "distributed" meaning that they are not part of a larger system and do not rely on municipal services. So no one needs to build a water and sewer system in order to use these toilets. Hence, no massive infrastructure costs.

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