Amazon.com billionaire Jeff Bezos is financing the construction of a 10,000-year clock in West Texas. Why? Beats me:
Created by Danny Hillis for the Long Now Foundation, the Clock is a mechanical timepiece that is intended to run for 10,000 years, and has been designed so that it can be serviced and maintained over that period even if civilization collapses and knowledge of its origin and purpose are lost. The first Clock will be built inside a mountain in west Texas.
Yeah I saw that movie. I think it starred Mel Gibson. In the version I saw, the post-apocalyptic population, now living in Stone Age conditions, worshipped the clock as a God.
Seriously, I don’t get the point of this but I suppose there is one. Someone please enlighten me.
Pay Pal founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel has given $1.25 million to an initiative to create floating libertarian countries in international waters, according to a profile of the billionaire in Details magazine.
Thiel has been a big backer of the Seasteading Institute, which seeks to build sovereign nations on oil rig-like platforms to occupy waters beyond the reach of law-of-the-sea treaties. The idea is for these countries to start from scratch–free from the laws, regulations, and moral codes of any existing place. Details says the experiment would be “a kind of floating petri dish for implementing policies that libertarians, stymied by indifference at the voting booths, have been unable to advance: no welfare, looser building codes, no minimum wage, and few restrictions on weapons.”
Oooh floating islands built with looser building codes! There’s a selling point! I think “floating petri dish” is perhaps more descriptive than the author realized. Well, if Thiel is a billionaire and only invested $1.25 million in this idea, I’d say his commitment is a little tepid. Then again, maybe he talked to Tom Monaghan and checked on the progress at his conservative Catholic paradise, Ave Maria (if you go to the link, please tell me if you spot any black people in the slide show. I’ve been watching for 10 minutes and so far, no luck.)
I guess starting a charitable foundation to stop diseases and world hunger is so last century. Seriously, billionaires: I love your crazy dreams. Stay adorable.