This clock by Amazon's Jeff will run for 10000 years

Feb 22, 2018, 00:51
This clock by Amazon's Jeff will run for 10000 years

Bezos announced in a tweet Tuesday, construction had begun on a 500-foot tall 10,000 Year Clock.

The project is the brainchild of Thinking Machines Corporation founder and computer theorist Danny Hillis, who came up with the idea back in 1986.

The clock has been in the works for almost three decades, according to the post, and is created to tick once a year. As the website notes: "The nearest airport is several hours away by vehicle", and you'll then have to traverse a foot trail around 2,000 feet above the valley floor.

Since then, he and his team have built prototypes of such a clock, but only after Bezos made a decision to fund the project did the idea begin taking concrete shape.

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Carved into the mountain are five room-sized anniversary chambers, each marking one year, 10 years, 100 years, 1,000 years, and 10,000 years.

Bezos told Wired in 2011 that he thinks the clock will outlast the United States: "Over the lifetime of this clock, the United States won't exist".

They intend to build the animation for the 10 year anniversary chamber, but haven't decided what it will be yet.

The Clock will activate and run the orrery once a year on a pre-determined date at solar noon.

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The clock is powered by a large weight hanging on a gear, and is designed out of durable materials so that it may continue keeping time for centuries.

It has a "century hand" that moves forward once every hundred years and a cuckoo which comes out on the millennium. "Construction is under way, and we're making progress every day", Bezos said.

'If the Clock keeps going after we are personally long dead, why not attempt other projects that require future generations to finish?' Danny Hillis originally proposed a 10,000-year clock in 1995 as a way of thinking about the future of humanity and the planet.

The father of the Clock is Danny Hillis. But making the trip won't be easy, Bezos writes that "the nearest airport is several hours away by auto, and the foot trail to the Clock is rugged, rising nearly 2000 feet [610m] above the valley floor". The team just finished drilling a 500 foot deep vertical shaft for the clock.

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