Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is building a €30million clock inside a mountain

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is building a €30million clock inside a mountain

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is building a €30million clock inside a mountain

Bezos got involved with the construction of the clock in 2011 - but the idea was actually conceived back in 1989 by Danny Hillis, an American inventor and entrepreneur.

The clock, which is made entirely out of Marine grade 316 stainless steel, titanium and dry ceramic bearings, will only tick forward once a year, though its chime generator will create a different bell ringing sequence each day for 10,000 years. As the website notes: "The nearest airport is several hours away by vehicle", and you'll then have to traverse a foot trail around 2,000 feet above the valley floor. Bezos said he's been "helping Danny with the project for the last half dozen years".

Carved into the mountain are five room-sized anniversary chambers, each marking one year, 10 years, 100 years, 1,000 years, and 10,000 years. The idea is to give us a greater sense of the impact of our decisions, and to think about long-term consequences of what we do.

The clock is all mechanical, stands 500 feet tall and is supposed to run for 10,000 years. These are for 1 year, 10 year, 100 year, 1,000 year, and 10,000 year anniversaries. The century hand will advance, you guessed it, once a century, and the cuckoo will emerge once a millennium.

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

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In addition to the planets and the Earth's moon, it includes the interplanetary probes launched during the 20th century.

Fortunately, if the clock runs for as long as it claims, you'll have plenty of time to plan your trip. The project led to the formation of the Long Now Foundation, which Hillis co-founded with Stewart Brand. "I want the cuckoo to come out every millennium for the next 10,000 years".

The team has spent the last few years machining the clock's parts and drilling through the mountain to be able to store the components. The group has until now built a couple of prototypes, but Bezos' clock will be the first to function on a full scale.

In a post to Twitter, Bezos said: "Installation has begun".

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