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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Jeff Bezos announced today that construction has begun on the giant clock in the middle of nowhere that he put up $42 million to build. The 10,000 Year Clock is intended as a symbolic reminder that we should consider the long-term impact of our actions. On Tuesday, Bezos tweeted a neat little timelapse video of the clock being assembled in a remote mountain in West Texas. Though Bezos' money and resources bring attention to the project, it's actually the long-held dream of computer theorist Danny Hillis and the Long Now Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to inspiring projects and ideas that take extremely long-term cultural development into account.




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In 2011, he wrote on a website dedicated to the project, "as I see it, humans are now technologically advanced enough that we can create not only extraordinary wonders but also civilization-scale problems." This idea leads him to believe that "we're likely to need more long-term thinking." For now, that long-term thinking is going into a 500-foot cavern that a team drilled into a mountain that Bezos owns.

Once workers finish their task of assembling the gears, dials, levers, and pendulums that will make the clock run, it will only tick forward once a year. According to the plans, the clock's chime generator will deliver a unique sequence of bell ringing every 24 hours. From there, the really long-term mechanics come into play.

Five "room-sized anniversary chambers" will each contain a different mechanical animation. The one-year anniversary chamber will feature a model of our solar system, including interplanetary probes that were launched in the 20th century. At the same time each year, that chamber will come alive and run through its animation. Bezos, Hillis, and the team plan to also create an anniversary animation for the 10-year cycle but its subject hasn't been determined yet. The remaining chambers will be triggered on the 100-, 1,000-, and 10,000-year anniversaries and their contents will be decided by future generations. And once every millennium, a cuckoo will pop out of its hole, only to return to its lonely holding cell for another thousand years.


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Must be nice to have a net worth of $121.3B, Bezos is like a modern day pharaoh...or Dr. Evil.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-20 09:13 PM | Reply

"My name is Bezosmandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

#2 | Posted by HanoverFist at 2018-02-21 08:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Sounds like a cool project

#3 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-21 05:00 PM | Reply

Filthy rich lefty virtue signaling by spending his money trying to improve society, disgusting.
A real manly patriot would spend tax dollars on a military parade.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-21 05:23 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

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