Priorities: A Quiz

Okay, you’re seeing it here, so, yeah. But, still, play along, if you will.

See if you can guess what this object is:

photo of ornate hi-tech contraption

A Star Wars drone? A prototype for Elon Musk’s Tesla undelivered ventillators? A perpetual motion machine?

Nope. It’s an award-winning new headlight unit for a $200,000 automobile.

The description, from Automotive News:

The h-Digi lighting module from Marelli is a digital headlamp that uses a micromirror electronic chip to control 2 million pixels of illumination. Using a combination of cameras, sensors and circuitry, the technology can precisely detect objects and road conditions to make nighttime driving safer without causing glare to oncoming drivers. The module also uses a pair of 1.3-megapixel projectors to put graphics into the driver’s line of sight to communicate safety messages.

Such are the endeavors into which our social order directs its most serious and intense research-and-development efforts.

This, DbC suggests, is a fact worth pondering.

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