Jeff Bezos Building 10000 Year Clock in West Texas Mountain

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"In the year 4000, you'll go see this clock and you'll wonder, 'Why on Earth did they build this?'", Bezos said.

The project was initiated by Danny Hillis in 1989. Buried deep in a West Texas mountain, the project is in partnership with San Francisco-based group The Long Now Foundation, which grew out of an idea for a 10,000 year clock co-founder Danny Hillis's proposed back in the 90s. As the website notes: "The nearest airport is several hours away by auto", and you'll then have to traverse a foot trail around 2,000 feet above the valley floor. For the last six or so years, Bezos has been involved in the project, and considering that building a clock within a remote mountain is a "big task", it's quite lucky that one of the world's wealthiest individuals is now involved.

The clock will measure time in years and centuries instead of minutes and seconds.

Bezos is now taking ideas for what to put in the 10-year chamber.

Bezos says the team has carved into the mountain five anniversary chambers, for 1, 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000 year anniversaries.

On the clock's website, Bezos writes: "The nearest airport is several hours away by vehicle, and the foot trail to the clock is rugged, rising nearly 2,000 feet above the valley floor".

It will tick once a year and one of its hands will advance once a century.

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"Construction is under way and we're making progress every day".

'If the Clock keeps going after we are personally long dead, why not attempt other projects that require future generations to finish?' "I want the cuckoo to come out every millennium for the next 10,000 years", he wrote.

He is working with several partners on the project including Danny Hillis, the Long Now foundation, Penguin Automated Systems, Swaggart Brothers, Seattle Solstice and Machinists.

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

The clock is still under construction, but manufacturing of the parts has begun.

Bezos intends to use the hollowed-out mountain for a spaceport for his company Blue Origin.