Being a tech titan in Silicon Valley affords you many privileges, one of which being that you’re stupid rich. It also means that you’re connected to some of the brightest minds in the world, and have the means to finance their (and possibly your own) wild ideas. So what sort of passion projects do deep-pocketed big wigs like Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk casually take on in their spare time? They’re all big and bold, and a few definitely seem worthy of a Bond villain.
Jeff Bezos’ 10,000 Year Clock
The crazy-eyed Amazon founder has shown extracurricular interest in everything from journalism to space, but his most unorthodox passion project has to be backing the construction of a giant clock inside a mountain in west Texas. Known simply as The 10,000 Year Clock, it’s meant as a symbol for long-term thinking, and is not only designed for longevity but will only tick once per year for the next 100 centuries. Also located within said mountain, his secret lair, probably.
Elon Musk’s Hyperloop
As if overseeing an electric car empire and launching freakin’ rockets into space weren’t keeping him busy enough, Elon Musk is also hard at work developing a game-changing transportation system that could pingpong passengers inside giant pneumatic tubes at 700 miles per hour. Sound wild? Well, it may not be that far from a reality.
Craig Venter’s quest for immortality
After being one of the first to sequence the human genome, biotechnologist Craig Venter went on to found a number of genomics companies. Now he’s set his sights on making it possible, if not normal, for humans to live to see their 200th birthdays. His latest venture,Human Longevity Inc., is dedicated to harnessing genetic sequencing to prevent aging and diseases, or as they put it, “extending the healthy, high performance human lifespan.” But look, we’ve all seen Gattaca — maybe it’s best not to go down that road.
Tim Cook’s crazy showerhead
OK, now we’re getting to some of the nicer stuff. The Apple CEO is an avowed environmentalist, and recently invested in a special showerhead that atomizes water droplets to produce more all-around coverage while you wash, and dramatically cuts down on how much water is actually used.
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