The 10,000 year clock
There is a Clock ringing deep inside a mountain. It is a huge Clock, hundreds of feet tall, designed to tick for 10,000 years. Every once in a while the bells of this buried Clock play a melody. Each time the chimes ring, it’s a melody the Clock has never played before. The Clock’s chimes have been programmed to not repeat themselves for 10,000 years. Most times the Clock rings when a visitor has wound it, but the Clock hoards energy from a different source and occasionally it will ring itself when no one is around to hear it. It’s anyone’s guess how many beautiful songs will never be heard over the Clock’s 10 millennial lifespan.
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Conceived by US engineer and entrepreneur Danny Hills, the Clock of the Long Now aims to shift humanity’s thinking away from the immediate, inspiring a more long-term view of the world and our place in it. The mechanism is made primarily from special grades of stainless steel, titanium and dry running ceramic ball bearings. It has been designed to run with minimum intervention or maintenance, harvesting energy from temperature fluctuations between day and night.