10,000 Year Clock : The Long Now

October 19th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Mechanical Tech, Social, Sustainability, Technology | 3 Comments »

W. Daniel Hillis of Applied Minds, Inc. is designing a perfectly synchronized 10,000 year clock / sculpture / statement with the Long Now Foundation. Everything about this clock is deeply unusual. For example, while nearly every mechanical clock made in the last millennium consists of a series of propelled gears, this one uses a stack of mechanical binary computers capable of singling out one moment in 3.65 million days. . . Unlike any other clock, this one is being constructed to keep track of leap centuries, the orbits of the six innermost planets in our solar system, even the ultraslow wobbles of Earth’s axis. . .”The ultimate design criterion is that people have to care about it,” says Hillis. “If they don’t, it won’t last.”

via Discover

3 Comments on “10,000 Year Clock : The Long Now”

  1. 1 Tanner » Mechnical Clock Running for 10k Years said at 7:30 am on October 21st, 2005:

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  2. 2 mesmur said at 4:21 pm on October 21st, 2005:

    great!! some things missing

    1.- hack it so it can run bsd
    2.- hook it up yo the net
    3.- put some adsense on it
    4.- profit for 10000 years!!!!

  3. 3 Hanif Houston said at 6:22 pm on February 28th, 2006:

    Oh my God! What kind of madman contraption is this!

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