When your net worth is somewhere north of $18.1 billion, you can afford to think about really cool projects – like say, a clock that keeps track of time for 10,000 years.
Such is the life of Amazon.com Jess Bezos who is currently helping to make the project a reality inside a mountain cave on land he owns in West Texas. The incredible clock will tick once a year, has a century hand which moves forwards once every hundred years – and, naturally, has a cuckoo which pops out for the millennium. According to Wired, the 47-year-old has given some $42M of his personal fortune to the project.
“Last year, contractors started machining components, such as a trio of 8-foot stainless steel gears and the Geneva wheels that will ring the chimes. Meanwhile, computers at Jet Propulsion Laboratories have spent months calculating the sun’s position in the sky at noon every day for the next 10,000 years, data that the clock will use to correct itself. This year, excavation began on the Texas desert site where the clock will be installed deep underground.”
It’s a truly fascinating article that Wired has put together on the project – hitting on everyone involved, from the mastermind behind the idea to the stonecutter who says it’s “most exciting, crazy project I’ve ever been on.”