About Jeff Bezos’s 10,000 year clock … by Anne VanderMey @FortuneMagazine August 6, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons Bezos with more ephemeral products. As any Amazon AMZN investor will tell you, Jeff Bezos believes in long-term thinking. Make that really, really long-term thinking. So long, in fact, that he’s spending at least $42 million to build a giant clock that will tick for 10,000 years deep inside a mountain in West Texas. The clock is being constructed by the Long Now Foundation, which aims to promote a more patient, far-sighted mindset in an increasingly fast-paced world. The clock will play a new tune every year, century, and millennium, and will not repeat a melody throughout its entire lifespan. It doesn’t have a practical purpose, per se, and it certainly won’t make money. It’s more of a conceptual art piece designed to encourage people to be good stewards of humanity’s distant future. Journalists can only hope that Bezos’s purchase of the profit-challenged Washington Post will be similarly philosophically driven. MORE: Why didn’t Buffett buy the Washington Post? Here are four articles you should read about the world’s most permanent timepiece: The basics on how the clock works, from the Long Now Foundation. “What Makes Jeff Bezos Tick? A $42 Million Clock, for Starters,” includes details about the cell phone air bag Bezos is working on, from The Wall Street Journal. The gritty details on “How to Make a Clock Run for 10,000 Years,” from Wired. And Michael Chabon writes about what the clock represents in Details.