How to Make a Clock Run for 10,000 Years | Wired.com quotes Jeff Bezos, the sponsor of this $40+ million dollar 10,000 year clock project:
“My opinion is that human attention spans haven’t changed much over time. We’ve always been a fairly short-sighted species,” Bezos says, and laughs. “But while our attention spans are staying roughly constant, our problems are becoming much bigger, because of our past successes as a species. Our tools, our technologies, now require us to step it up, and have a longer attention span.”
The things that have to be taken into account: the tendency of people to destroy things, geological stability, material science, engineering, speak to me very deeply. I love the idea of thinking about something, solving the problems around, making a manmade object last for an extremely long period of time.