A note about the 2018 list:
This year’s list is different in two distinct ways: 1) it’s the first list to have significant student involvement, and 2) it’s a more urgent endeavor than in previous years. Nearly all of the technology is here, and if it’s not already being implemented, it’s in a final testing phase. “Should we create it” is a question that whizzed by most of us without notice. What’s left is “should we use it (and how)?”
Technology can’t be put back into the box, but it can (in many cases) be corralled based on our laws and values and decisions. But we’ll miss that chance too if we don’t start paying closer attention.
The Reilly Center’s Top 10 List
The list, released each December, is designed for both citizens and scientists alike as new technologies develop. We live in an era of rapid development as technologies that seemed theoretical only a few years ago are increasingly incorporated into our daily lives. Our concern is that there’s little public dialog about the use and risks of these technologies, and that dialog is necessary to keep public policy in pace with science and technology.
The list is not about scary technologies to watch out for or about creating fear of the future. It’s simply a heads up to those of us who don’t have the time or the inclination to follow every breakthrough as we’re bombarded with news of all kinds each day. Our hope is that in reading the list, people will see just how far we’ve come and take time to think about the steps involved in integrating new technology into society.
Over the last six years we’ve heard from dozens of teachers around the country who use their list in their classrooms. We couldn’t be more thankful for those of you who reach out to tell us that our hard work is making a difference! These conversations belong in the science, literature, arts, history, and language classrooms, but also at the dinner table, at the water cooler, and anywhere else people stop to chat. You will notice the presentation of the list has changed a bit each to make it easier to relate to.
Because issues we’ve covered previously are still deeply important, we’ve been working to update some of the old entries as well. If you have anything we might add, please let us know and we’ll give you credit!