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The Long Now Foundation

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The Long Now Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to provide a counterpoint to what it views as today's "faster/cheaper" mindset and to promote "slower/better" thinking. The foundation hopes to "creatively foster responsibility" in the framework of the next 10,000 years. It uses 5-digit dates to address the Year 10,000 problem (e.g., by writing "02017" rather than "2017").

One of the foundation's projects is the Clock of the Long Now, an all-mechanical timepiece that will operate with minimum human intervention for 10,000 years. The first prototype is on display at the at the Science Museum in London. Additional prototypes are housed at the foundation's San Francisco location, along with an eight-foot tall orrery (a mechanical representation of the solar system). The foundation has begun construction of the full-scale version of the clock inside a mountain in West Texas. It plans to construct an additional clock in eastern Nevada.

Neal Stephenson's novel Anathem was partly inspired by his involvement with the project, to which he contributed three pages of sketches and notes.

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