Re: Stewart Brand's The Clock of the Long Now

Date: Mon Jan 15 2001 - 19:44:07 MST

Last time we discussed this I proposed that we should create The Clock
of the Long Grow, a clock designed to celebrate the tremendous changes
which will occur this century. (I named it after Robin Hanson's essay

Perhaps we could sink it to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the
deepest point in the ocean at 11 km, almost 3 times deeper than Titanic.
(This is the most inaccessible place that I can imagine reaching easily.)
We would demonstrate our faith that future technology would be able to
locate the device and return it to the surface.

(Since writing this I learned that people dove to the bottom of
the Mariana Trench as early as 1960! I guess that's too easy.
Unfortunately launching into solar orbit is likely to break the budget
for any reasonable effort.)


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