Jeff Bezos reveals footage of 10000 year clock in Texas

Javier Stokes
February 22, 2018

Workers install components of the 10,000 Year Clock in an underground chamber in Texas.

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

The one year chamber already has an orrery (model solar system) that triggers once a year.

The Amazon founder tweeted video footage of a massive 10,000-year clock that's being built inside a West Texas mountain.

Bezos shared a video of the clock's construction on Tuesday.

Oh by the way - there's going to be a cuckoo that comes out every 10,000 years.

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The public will be able to visit the clock once it's completed, but the trip won't be easy. 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.

In addition to the planets and the Earth's moon, it includes the interplanetary probes launched during the 20th century. For the last six or so years, Bezos has been involved in the project, and considering that building a clock within a remote mountain is a "big task", it's quite lucky that one of the world's wealthiest individuals is now involved. This idea grew into the Clock of the Long Now, which was a project by the Long Now Foundation. A spiral staircase circles its 12.5-foot diameter, and the clock will be synchronized at solar noon. "I want the cuckoo to come out every millennium for the next 10,000 years".

The clock will generate a different chime each day and only start to repeat after 10,000 years. He is working with the Long Now Foundation to help build the clock.

The father of the Clock is Danny Hillis.

The project was initiated by Danny Hillis in 1989 and Bezos has been helping Danny with the project for the last half dozen years. The team just finished drilling a 500 foot deep vertical shaft for the clock. The group has until now built a couple of prototypes, but Bezos' clock will be the first to function on a full scale. Installation of the machinery has begun on the 500-foot-tall mechanism, Bezos announced yesterday.

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