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Jeff Bezos Shows Off His Latest Project: a 10000-Year Clock

22 February, 2018, 00:51 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • Construction begins on Jeff Bezos' $42 million 10000-year clock

And it gets doper: in a video posted to Twitter, Bezos explains that the clock is powered by "day/night thermal cycles" and "synchronized at solar noon", with the help of JPL having calculated the sun's position in the sky at noon every day for the next 10k years.

The project was started by American inventor Danny Hillis, with Mr Bezos saying he has been helping out for "at least the last half dozen years".

Production has begun on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' $42 million project to build a mechanical clock that will last 10,000 years. As the website notes: "The nearest airport is several hours away by auto", and you'll then have to traverse a foot trail around 2,000 feet above the valley floor.

Bezos told Wired in 2011, 'In the year 4000, you'll go see this clock and you'll wonder, "Why on Earth did they build this?"

There will also be five "anniversary chambers" that contain a different mechanical animation. His ultimate dream is that the clock will change the way humans look at time. The century hand advances once every 100 years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium.

Its creators hope that this will encourage humanity to consider about their impact on the planet and act as a "symbol for long-term thinking".


"The one year anniversary chamber is a special orrery".

Bezos is now taking ideas for what to put in the 10-year chamber.

"The vision was, and still is, to build a clock that will keep time for the next 10,000 years". This idea grew into the Clock of the Long Now, which was a project by the Long Now Foundation.

He is working with several partners on the project including Danny Hillis, the Long Now foundation, Penguin Automated Systems, Swaggart Brothers, Seattle Solstice and Machinists. But making the trip won't be easy, Bezos writes that "the nearest airport is several hours away by vehicle, and the foot trail to the Clock is rugged, rising nearly 2000 feet [610m] above the valley floor".

Drilling at the site began in 2009, but it's only now that the 500-foot clock is being installed.

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