10000 year clock: Taken by Phillip Kirlin, in September 2005.

There was a time today when it was 1 second, 2 minutes, 3 hours, 4 days, 5 months, and 6 years into the new millennium. Counting time can be done in different ways. Danny Hillis wants "to build a clock that ticks once a year. The century hand advances once every one hundred years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium. I want the cuckoo to come out every millennium for the next 10,000 years. If I hurry I should finish the clock in time to see the cuckoo come out for the first time."
Wired magazine featured Danny's idea more than eight years ago and a prototype was built that chimed in the new millenium on New Years Eve, 1999. Steward Brand has an article about choosing where to locate the clock and Wikipedia has an entry, "Clock of the Long Now". Discover magazine has more coverage and some great photos of the "Long Now" clock.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

so it's past the new millenium, did the cuckoo happen or what?

posted on Thu, 05/04/2006 - 5:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is a cool website

posted on Fri, 05/12/2006 - 8:48am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

The further back I look, the further forward I can see. - Winston Churchill

How can we detect and understand oncoming crises in time to avert them? Sometimes we must "zoom out": expand our perspective and find similar situations in the distant past. A good example is climate change. What can a few degrees of warming do? To answer this, we need to know some history: how the Earth's climate has changed over the last 65 million years.

Links to presentation called: Zooming Out in Time

posted on Tue, 10/17/2006 - 12:04pm
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Graham says:

I have often seen the comment you attribute to Winston Churchill, but have never been able to locate a citation for it. Do you know of one?


posted on Sat, 02/17/2007 - 7:53am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

It is listed as unsourced at

posted on Sun, 02/18/2007 - 11:02am

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