The 10,000 Year Clock



The Long Now Foundation is building a clock that is supposed to last 10,000 years, and chime with a different song every time it sounds. Danny Hillis invented the clock in 1995, saying
I want to build a clock that ticks once a year. The century hand advances once every 100 years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium. I want the cuckoo to come out every millennium for the next 10,000 years.

The 200-foot tall clock will be installed under a Sierra Diablo mountain on Texas land owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Right now, a robot is carving steps inside the mountain, and some of the larger clock components are being assembled. Read more about it at The Technium. Link to story. Link to website. -via Laughing Squid

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When I look at baro's avatar I first see two stick figures with red bodies and black limbs and heads holding each other's hands as seen through a skeleton key-hole. Secondly I see a white figure bleeding from his eyes and smiling maniacally. Interesting.
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A waste of time and money? You could argue that about a lot of things. Public statues, art of any kind, non-functional decorative features on buildings, and so on. The pyramids were presumably a waste of time and money but we marvel at them. Perhaps people will marvel at this project in centuries to come. I certainly hope that people continue to 'waste' time and money - life would be incredibly drab and utilitarian without such endeavours.
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