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Dr. Danny Hillis, 2002 laureate, is the inventor of the 10,000 year clock now being built inside a mountain in Texas, whose aim is to provide a counterpoint to today's accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common.

"I want to build a clock that ticks once a year. The century hand advances once every 100 years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium. I want the cuckoo to come out every millennium for the next 10,000 years.

"I cannot imagine the future, but I care about it. I know I am a part of a story that starts long before I can remember and continues long beyond when anyone will remember me. I sense that I am alive at a time of important change, and I feel a responsibility to make sure that the change comes out well. I plant my acorns knowing that I will never live to harvest the oaks.                 Dr. Danny Hillis 

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