Clock of the Long Now

Submitted by: S_J_W 11 years ago Science
http://www.longnow.org/projects/clock/

A clock built to accurately tell time for 10,000 years.
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Male 667
This reminds me of a game called `Myst`. I love the design of this thing. Conceptual simplicity, structural complexity.
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Male 65
A bit ironic how they promote "slower bet ter" and yet can`t take the time to proofread.
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Male 1,465
"Although I think they consider 10,000 years short."

Well, they chose 10,000 years as a historical tip of the hat. It has been roughly 10,000 years since the invention of agriculture and the modern era.

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Female 137
Reminds me of Frank Herbert with his Bene Gesserit Long-Term planning. Although I think they consider 10,000 years short.
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Male 1,465
But this isn’t an atomic clock. At the moment they have several ideas on how to power it and all of them focus on a winding mechanism. It’s purely mechanical and can do something that no other clock is capable of. Not only does it track hours, minutes, seconds and years, it also tracks leap centuries, the orbits of the six innermost planets as well as the wobbles of Earth’s axis. All designed to keep perfect time for 10,000 years (3.65 million days).
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Male 337
I heard a presentation about this at my local college. A Nobel Prize-winning scientist came to talk about atomic clocks, and how they work, by shooting atoms up and measuring their "heartbeat", then the atoms fall and the clock is in perfect time. They had a joke about why would anyone want a clock like this: "Oh, my goodness, it`s 12:15:9172832, time for lunch!"
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Male 145
for some reason I beleve this to be an incredibly brillant idea, I mean after all, what monuments are we making these days that will last long into the future? we dont really invest time or money into artistic buildings or towers any longer, it is nice to know that our moment in history will have something standing testament for it.
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Male 126
It Shall Stand the Test of Time. lol
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Male 851
p-shaw (that sounds funny)
we could be building robots that can make sandwiches! Where are our priorities?!
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Male 345
...it makes me feel small, cause it looks big from the pictures.

And knowing that it will know what year it is and the phases of the moon longer than i will is bad.

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Female 152
cool concept.
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Male 93
I think that is bad ass.
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Male 1,061
ok then???!!!
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Female 830
Wow no one cares :-)
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Male 17
old
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Male 266
What a douche
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Male 292
one small step for watch makers, one giant leap for nobody.
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Male 992
I needed one of these!!!!!?????
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Female 2,244
As if it would make it through time for that long.
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Male 1,465
Link: Clock of the Long Now [Rate Link] - A clock built to accurately tell time for 10,000 years.
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