The clock will only tick once a year, the needle of the century will move a beat every 100 years.
Engineers and builders are building a giant clock in a mountain range in western Texas with the ability to display time for the next 10,000 years. And its owner is Jeff Bezos – the richest billionaire on the planet.
Jefff Bezos wants to build a watch that can display time for the next 10,000 years.
There are many interesting things about this special watch. Reportedly, this is the “brainchild” of Daniel Hillis, a businessman and computer scientist. He was the first person to visualize the 10,000-year clock in 1986. He is now a professor of teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is famous for making supercomputers or dinosaur robots. work.
How does the 10,000 year watch work?
The permanence of time is a great technical challenge for the construction team. The special watch is designed by Hillis to run a lot slower than the usual time span. Accordingly, it will only tick once a year, the needle of the century will move a beat every 100 years and every 1,000 years the bell will ring once.
Experts blasted various areas of the Sierra Diablo mountain range (also owned by Jeff Bezos) to install gears and flywheels. According to the founder of Amazon Group, the watch is more than 150 meters high, all powered by mechanical power from the heat cycle day / night and synchronized at noon.
The image inside where the special watch is placed.
In a Twitter post in February 2018, the billionaire wrote: “The assembly process has begun. This watch is a symbol of long time and thinking. It will soon be completed thanks to the genius Danny Hillis, Zander Rose and the entire construction team “.
Many have compared the 10,000-year clock to the rooms inside the Egyptian Great Pyramid of Giza.
The meaning of a 10,000 year watch
Hillis founded the Long Now non-profit organization in 1996 to act as a support unit for its 10,000-year watch construction project. In 2011, Wired reported that Bezos and Hillis were longtime friends, and they had been planning since 2005.
Bezos explains that the 10,000-year watch is a way to remind people that the distant future not only exists but also what their future generations will experience. Therefore, we need long-term thinking instead of being limited to months and years ahead of Earth’s problems and more responsible to the social community. Doing so is also responsible for our children and grandchildren.
A division of a 10,000-year clock.
According to a website, it is not easy to visit the watch after the installation is completed because the nearest airport is a few hours drive away and the trail leading to the clock place is 600 meters higher than with valley background.
There is no specific information about when the project will be completed, but it is likely that this will take a lot of time (of course, not 10,000 years more). Up to this point, the construction cost of the watch has risen to $ 42 million and that is not the final estimate.