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Cool Science Radio - December 17, 2015

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Mark Maziarz
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  This morning Lynn and John speak with Jerry Kaplan, author of Humans Need Not Apply.  After billions of dollars and fifty years of effort, researchers are finally cracking the code on artificial intelligence. Kaplan updates the latest advances I robotics, machine learning and perception powering systems that rival or exceed human capabilities. The second guest is Kara Platoni, author of We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time. How do we know what’s real? That’s not a trick question: sensory science is increasingly finding that we don’t perceive reality: we create it through perception. In We Have the Technology, science writer Kara Platoni guides us through the latest developments in the science of sensory perception. The third guest is Alex Travis, VMD, Ph.D. Cornell University an Associate Professor of Reproductive Biology. Research leads to first puppies born by in vitro fertilization. A total of seven puppies were born by in vitro fertilization, two from a beagle mom and cocker spaniel dad, and five from two pairings of beagle moms and dads.

Lynn Ware Peek is a long-time contributor to KPCW. She joined the station in 2008 with Tales from the Wasatch Back, was a reporter from 2012 to 2016, and co-hosts and produces two of KPCW’s Public Affairs Hour shows, The Mountain Life, on health and lifestyle, on Wednesdays and Cool Science Radio, tackling science and technology every Thursday.
John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Cronkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.