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10 ways tech will shape your life in 2018, for better and worse

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Is the outlook for technology in 2018 exciting — or slightly terrifying? Flip a coin. You’d be right either way.

As I look into my crystal ball at what new technologies are most likely to shape our lives in the next 12 months, I see science-fiction dreams coming to life: glasses that mix reality and imagination, an electric car in my driveway and gadgets that charge without plugs.

But coming out of a year where most Americans were hacked and Silicon Valley got scolded by Congress, there’s plenty to worry about. How many ways will artificial intelligence make decisions without us? And how long should we remain panicked about cybersecurity lapses?

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After such a hectic year for tech, here’s what The Post’s Geoffrey A. Fowler expects in 2018.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/12/28/10-ways-tech-will-shape-your-life-in-2018-for-better-and-worse/?utm_term=.6bbb65caa608

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Elon Musk Had a Wild 2017

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Here are 7 milestones Musk reached this year. From restoring power in Puerto Rico to making the fastest street car on Earth, Elon Musk had a pretty big 2017.

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America’s rifle: Why so many people love the AR-15

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There are a lot of reasons people love their AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, and it doesn’t much matter to them what the haters say.

For some, the gun is a tool, a finely tuned machine that can cut down an animal or intruder, or pierce a distant target, with a single precise shot.

For others, it is a toy, a sleek beast of black plastic and metal that delivers a gratifying blast of adrenaline.

And for many, it is a symbol, the embodiment of core American values — freedom, might, self-reliance.

“There are very few things that serve such a great form and function, and look cool,” said Daniel Chandler, 26, an AR-15 owner here in suburban Maryland. When he takes his AR out of its case at a shooting range, he smiles like he just unwrapped a gift. “There are few things you’ll find that are wonderfully appealing to look at, wonderful exercises in mechanical engineering, and that could save your life.”

This is the side of the AR-15 that many don’t see, or ever consider.

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Megan Hill, 26, is photographed with an AR-15 at the Nephi City Shooting Range in Nephi, Utah, on Dec. 1, 2017. Kim Raff / for NBC News

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‘Shape of You’ Was 2017’s Biggest Track. Ed Sheeran Reveals How He Made ‘Shape Of You’

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There was no pressure. It was just another day in the recording studio.

That was the key to writing Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” which has been on the Hot 100 since it was released on Jan. 6, and topped Billboard’s year-end singles chart. It’s a tale of romance sketched in mundane details — “now my bedsheets smell of you” — with four chords delivered in plinking, dancehall-tinged syncopation. The song has drawn more than 2.8 billion views on YouTube and is also the most-played track ever on Spotify, with more than 1.5 billion streams.

Mr. Sheeran thought he already had enough songs for  the album he released this year, and he was pondering the final selections. As a diversion, he set up a recording session for his sideline: supplying songs to other performers. “I didn’t make this song to be mine to sing,” Mr. Sheeran said.

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Ed Sheeran Reveals How He Made ‘Shape Of You’

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https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/20/arts/music/100000005613688.app.html

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Tesla’s auto assembly factory in Freemont, CA

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In 2016-2017 Tesla plans to produce what they refer to as the “Gen 3” line of vehicles. This will have a major impact in the electric car market. Not only will this new version be about half the price it will also have an increased battery life. As of now the Model S can ride 208 miles on a single charge, so having a longer battery life will dramatically increase the want for this new car along with the lowered price tag of around $35,000. Tesla has also announced that within the next year Tesla Supercharging stations will stretch across the United States and Canada. The future looks bright for this relatively new comer not only to the electric car market but the luxury car market as well.

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Amtrak derailment: Train was traveling at 80 mph in 30-mph zone

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The train that careened off a bridge outside Tacoma, Washington, killing three people was traveling at 80 mph on a 30-mph stretch of track, federal investigators confirmed late Monday.

During a late-night briefing with reporters, NTSB board member Bella Dinh-Zarr added that Train 501 of Amtrak’s Cascades service from Seattle headed south to Portland, Oregon, was carrying 80 passengers, three crew and two service personnel.

She said it was “too early to tell” why the train was travelling at 80 mph.

“We were glad that we were able to get the data from the event data recorder from the rear locomotive,” she said at the briefing. “The front locomotive as you can imagine is a bit more difficult to access.”

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Map: Amtrak train 501 derailed near Mounts Road in Pierce County Amtrak train 501 derailed near Mounts Road in Pierce County, Washington.

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This Hybrid Electric Jet is Preparing for Takeoff in 2022

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The aviation industry has made steady progress in cutting its fuel use and carbon emissions. Planes have become lighter, engines more efficient, and airlines are starting to use biofuel blends and to better manage their traffic flow in order to save money and reduce emissions.

Still, aviation produces about 2 percent of the world’s carbon emissions. To reduce them further, Zunum Aero has a bold plan for a low-carbon flying future. The Kirkland, Wash.-based startup plans to deliver its first hybrid electric plane in 2022.

The company, which came out of stealth in 2017 and has backing from Boeing and JetBlue’s venture capital arms, unveiled details of its aircraft in October. The 12-seater jet will have a range of 700 miles and maximum cruise speed of 340 miles per hour. It will generate 80 percent fewer emissions and produce 75 percent less noise.

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An illustration shows the Zunum Aero 12-seater hybrid jet flying through clouds. An illustration shows the Zunum Aero 12-seater hybrid jet flying through clouds.

Photo-illustration: Zumum Aero

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https://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/aerospace/aviation/this-hybridelectric-jet-could-take-off-in-2022

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