Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has started the construction of his $42 million project to build a mechanical clock that will last 10,000 years.
The man behind the idea, Danny Hillis, began talking about the idea for the timepiece that will last 10 millennia in 1995.
I want to build a clock that ticks once a year. The century hand advances once every 100 years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium. I want the cuckoo to come out every millennium for the next 10,000 years. - Danny Hillis
The clock will be built deep inside a mountain in western Texas and will stand approximately 500 feet tall.
Bezos invested his money in the project because of his belief that "humanity" needs to invest in their future.
Over the lifetime of this clock, the United States won’t exist. Whole civilizations will rise and fall. New systems of government will be invented. You can’t imagine the world — no one can — that we’re trying to get this clock to pass through. - Jeff Bezos
No official completion date has been announced, but it will be open to the public as soon as it is finished.