When you are the richest man on the earth, you have the luxury to spend millions of dollars on hobbies and projects that might seem a little crazy to the rest of us. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shared a video on Tuesday of his latest project – a giant clock designed to keep time for 10,000 years. The 10,000 Year Clock is intended as a symbolic reminder to think about humanity in the long term. Construction of the 500-foot tall mechanical wonder has begun which is being installed deep inside a remote mountain in West Texas and Bezos has invested a whopping $42 million in it. The clock’s actual idea was conceived back in 1986 by American computer scientist Daniel Hills. Its mechanism is designed to advance far more slowly than a regular timepiece. The clock will tick once a year, its century hand will move once every 100 years, and its cuckoo will emerge every millennium.
Installation has begun—500 ft tall, all mechanical, powered by day/night thermal cycles, synchronized at solar noon, a symbol for long-term thinking—the #10000YearClock is coming together thx to the genius of Danny Hillis, Zander Rose & the whole Clock team! Enjoy the video. pic.twitter.com/FYIyaUIbdJ
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) February 20, 2018
The project was created in partnership with the Long Now Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that aims to foster thinking in longer terms than months and years about our time on earth, and our responsibilities towards society and the planet. Along with Bezos, Musician Brian Eno and writers Kevin Kelly and Stewart Brand are also involved in the Clock project. According to the website dedicated for the giant clock, visitors will be able to visit the location and view the finished timepiece. Although the site also notes that it will be a rough trip as the remote place is hours from the nearest airport, with a rugged foot trail rising nearly 2,000 feet above the valley floor.