Apparently, I will be living to roughly age 79, which means I have slightly more days ahead of me than behind me. I am alright with that as it has been a good ride through this life. If I have approximately another 15,000 days ahead of me, imagine what adventures I can have. On a side note, this is a rather sublime instance of technology reminding the intellect of the physical decay. With such constant reinforcement of mortality and presumably with DNA tests around the corner that will let us know with some degree of accuracy when we will die, one wonders what wrinkle this places on religion and spirituality. How does knowing reinforce acceptance or does it evade acknowledgement of its own end? Will we simply thrust headlong into medical technology and extension of life? I am alright knowing I will die at 78 or 79. It supplies me structure, a finite structure that I will in turn withdraw urgency from. An urgency to do what I want to do now.
My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.