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Date: 04/20/08 06:03 AM

49 Responses to Dean Kamen`s Water Machine on the Colbert Report

  1. Profile photo of drios36
    drios36 Male 30-39
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    April 19, 2008 at 11:15 pm
    Link: Dean Kamen`s Water Machine on the Colbert Report - Dean Kamen, guy who invented the Segway, attempts to cure 50 percent of world disease with his new invention.
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    Trizz Male 18-29
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    April 20, 2008 at 6:08 am
    Hopefully it`ll work, but who knows.
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    Axelripper Male 18-29
    34 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 6:08 am
    im sensing an al gore spirit with him... but i dont think anyones gona believe him aout his water shortage
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    xxkangrixx Male 18-29
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    April 20, 2008 at 6:14 am
    Wow...i tihnk that`s incerdible. At least we know someone cares and is actually doing something for those other 3rd World countries.
    Oh, and the link that Colbert doesn`t work lol
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    Bluedot34 Male 18-29
    300 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 6:16 am
    Did you know that 75% of statistics are made up ?

    Never saw his " Water Machine " actually work.

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    EmoGangster Male 13-17
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    April 20, 2008 at 6:18 am
    for some reason I don`t think it`ll work.
    It`s too good to be true.
    And I wouldn`t trust drinking toxic chemicals "turned into" water.
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    BABY_BEAR Female 18-29
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    April 20, 2008 at 6:23 am
    `stick a hose into anything that looks wet`

    I`m thirsty.

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    wtfstfu Male 13-17
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    April 20, 2008 at 6:31 am
    sticking hoses into wet things hmmm im horny
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    April 20, 2008 at 6:34 am
    Is that an LCD display panel on the front?

    So it needs electricity. Most of the same places lacking water lack an electrical grid as well.

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    Meh110 Male 13-17
    292 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 6:40 am
    Hmmm, I too am into wasting water.
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    domisgood Male 18-29
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    April 20, 2008 at 6:55 am
    I am Legend - the cure will actually make us all retarded zombie bastards
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    tomo511 Male 18-29
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    April 20, 2008 at 7:04 am
    "but i dont think anyones gona believe him about his water shortage"
    Are you completely disconnected to the world?
    There ARE shortages of water. And not just in places like Africa.
    Hotter summers + more water being used = less water in our reservoirs.
    In Britain in the summer we have bans on how much water we can use because its a big issue, that means no sprinklers, no hose pipes.
    And that`s Britain, that`s not a 3rd world country.
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    Mantistador Male 18-29
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    April 20, 2008 at 7:08 am
    what if they made like 2000000 of those machines and then spread them out in the world... will they be able to eventually make the entire ocean pure? lol, billions and billions of fish and creatures will die, but us humans will have WATER! yes!
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    Cyanic Male 13-17
    388 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 7:21 am
    so... it failed?
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    elHadji Male 70 & Over
    1455 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 7:29 am
    "the box in the middle" looks like TV
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    thecite Male 13-17
    554 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 7:38 am
    What a legend.
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    Cyberbob87 Male 18-29
    49 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 7:46 am
    If it works, well done, problem is getting it out to the troubled parts of the world.
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    drogue Male 40-49
    231 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 7:47 am
    It`s a good idea. A distillation process powered by whatever the community has available - electricity, coal, oil, or cow dung. Brilliant. Check into it - it could save many lives, all over the planet.
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    primetimekin Male 18-29
    7935 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 8:23 am
    But will it revolutionize the way we walk?
  20. Profile photo of Kay62442
    Kay62442 Female 13-17
    731 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 8:24 am
    YES! Now I can drink water WITHOUT spicy sweet chile dorito flavour!
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    primetimekin Male 18-29
    7935 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 8:26 am
    I can picture the news headlines
    "Inventor given Nobel Prize for solving worlds water crisis"
    "What do we do about our food crisis?"

    Starvation, famines, water shortages, earthquakes, hurricanes; they are all just ways to help control the population. Short term this is great but long-term it might not be great. How many fishes will we kill that we need for our McFillets?

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    BlankTom Male 30-39
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    April 20, 2008 at 8:45 am
    yeah, so i was pretty excited after seeing this video but unfortunately after a little research of my own i found it to be fake.

    There is no such site as

    What a letdown :(

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    emzrok Female 13-17
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    April 20, 2008 at 8:45 am
    we wont be killing THAT many fish. are you aware how much fresh water there was when the world started? we`ve been using that fresh water ever since the beginning, and even then, there was much less fresh water than salt/undrinkable water. ths fresh water has lasted us this long. it will be a very long time before any of our purifying the salt water with this machine will start actually affecting oceans.
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    MadP Female 18-29
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    April 20, 2008 at 9:20 am
    Apparently it only takes the hydrogen and oxygen out of the source, so it`s just pure distilled water. I could see that. It`s not a filter, it`s like an ionizer that only pulls out hydrogen and probably has some sort of reaction with the o2 in the air...

    That`s all I could think of. Now if only I could have put that into application before this dude :-(

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    Pooptart19 Male 18-29
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    April 20, 2008 at 9:48 am

    And here I thought that I was the only one who knew about that website. : )

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    Agentk120 Male 18-29
    510 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 9:50 am
    Waterworld tells the future!
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    mangamonkey Male 18-29
    124 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 10:08 am
    oh come on - he claimed it take five litres to produce a 500ml bottle....where is all the rest of the water going? We wouldnt be able to swim in the ocean if 90% of it was pollutants,

    he also didnt say how it worked only that it doesnt work the saame way as ALL other purification systems, if what MadP said is true the energy concern far outways the benefit of having pure water,

    All in all older systems still work out better

    i mean come on, this is a guy who thought the segway was a good idea

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    Ceebs119 Male 18-29
    42 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 10:27 am
    Canada:Water as Saudi Arabia:Oil

    Time to start kissing ass, world....we`ll start by taking some of that "internet money"

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    kenny_f Male 13-17
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    April 20, 2008 at 10:33 am
    dude, its a good thing, dont be debbie downer.
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    TwoEyezBlind Male 18-29
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    April 20, 2008 at 11:09 am
    This is such retarded crap. water can never be "wasted" unless its launched into space. Everything made out of water is eventually evaporated back into the atmosphere and rains down once again. Sure, theres less water now because the population is so high, people are mostly made out of water, when they die, the water gets returned, plain and simple.
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    TeHrussian Male 18-29
    490 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 11:16 am
    Meh. He calls it people dying from lack of access to water, I call it population control. Obviously, population overflow is the bigger problem than water shortage, it is causing it afterall.
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    MasterFu Male 18-29
    211 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 11:41 am
    I think the guy is stretching the truth a little bit. I highly doubt this machine could eradicate 50% of diseases. It`s a great invention nonetheless, if it does work.
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    Nick_13 Male 30-39
    395 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 12:39 pm
    That Colbert guy is a jerk.
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    nokirarr Male 13-17
    90 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 12:41 pm
    And THAT is why i don`t watch tv!!! What an ass that other guy was... geez
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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 12:44 pm
    Was waiting for the "He made the segway what does he know" comments.

    "However, Kamen was already a successful and wealthy inventor, after inventing the AutoSyringe, a new type of mobile dialysis system for medical applications, the first insulin pump, and an all-terrain electric wheelchair known as the iBOT"

    The dialysis in particular gave many people their lives back.

    Also "There is tons of water"/"you can`t waste water" etc.

    Live off sea water for a week. Drink nothing else. It`s not just pollutants and cack, it`s alot of perfectly natural crap your body can`t handle in seawater. The freshwater we use is going there. Not the wells. Yes, it is wasted.

    "It needs power, it has a blinking light!".
    My dad runs a distillery. He has a powerplant that could power Paris to give Dubai drinking water.

    That looks like it runs on a watch battery. Do the math.

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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 1:07 pm
    Oh and the reason he says you used 5 litres or whatever it is to make a bottle of water:

    Cleaning, Processing, Plastics, Cooling, etc all use water. He`s not saying 80% of the water is discarded. It`s used in mking the bottle and trasporting it to you, and keeping it cool.

    Better example: Human being.
    You are 90% water. You contain therefore say about 60 litres of water.

    Storing you, feeding you, watering you, bathing you, transporting you, etc, means you use about 378 litres. A day.

    (You use up 1.38 million litres of water by age 10. The water bottle looks like it`s doing pretty good).

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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 1:09 pm
    And I wonder if Tehrussian is going to be the first to volounteer to stop using our water in favour of population control.
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    153Fish Male 13-17
    162 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 1:20 pm
    May God bless this man, and further his work throughout the world.
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    natakalt Female 18-29
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    April 20, 2008 at 1:54 pm
    Colbert is an idiot and I hope that machine works, I was actually hoping to see it work.
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    primetimekin Male 18-29
    7935 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 3:17 pm
    For all of those complaining that Colbert is a jerk, have you ever seen the show? It is satire. Look up other IAB links on Colbert
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    Tyrizzle Male 18-29
    908 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 4:31 pm
    Something can not be created without taking...
    So we are all good to go imo
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    DOUBLE_L7 Male 18-29
    96 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 4:43 pm
    If the 1.5 billion people he is trying to save would just die, it would be problem solved.
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    QueenZira Female 18-29
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    April 20, 2008 at 6:26 pm
    If this thing actually worked Environmental Science class would not haunt my dreams anymore...
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    mrpopenfresh Male 18-29
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    April 20, 2008 at 8:45 pm
    This guy is an straigh up inventor. Before the segway, wich was quirky at best, this guy made ton of other interesting inventions. A real asset to the world.
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    ball_dogg_49 Male 18-29
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    April 20, 2008 at 9:19 pm
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    Darkness9 Male 18-29
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    April 20, 2008 at 10:35 pm
    Important Question: What happens to all the waste?
  47. Profile photo of Baalthazaq
    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    April 20, 2008 at 11:35 pm
    Darkness: It depends.

    In the case of the power industry, they use 140 billion gallons annually. Of that, 135 billion gallons goes back to reservoirs and is "reusable".

    The rest (5 billion gallons) is what the calculated waste is. I.e. Freshwater no longer easily accessible.

    Option 1) Byproducts.
    Say something has H2SO4 as a byproduct. That water is no longer drinkable. It is now Sulfuric Acid.
    (Sulfuric Acid is actually usually a "product" not "byproduct" but I can`t think of a "useless" substance at the minute).

    Option 2) Products.
    We use the water in making something. It could be something drinkable (any soft drink), or it could be just anything liquid (sulfuric acid).

    Option 3) Goes somewhere it`s not easily gotten back. (Either via dumping, pumping or evaporation)
    (I.e. The sea. Dumping grounds. Contaminated areas.)

    Other options: I`m sure there`s more I`ve missed.

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    swisstaco5 Male 18-29
    70 posts
    April 21, 2008 at 3:50 pm
    there`s no possible way this could be as revolutionary as the segway!
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    Brandnever Male 18-29
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    April 24, 2008 at 1:25 am
    I`m glad we have so many experts in one place to tell me how hes wrong.

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