Boston Book Festival 2020 Boston Book Festival 2020

Love and Technology

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Merle J. Berger
Conception: A Fertility Doctor's Memoir

Merle Berger is a reproductive endocrinologist at Boston IVF and a clinical professor at Harvard Medical School. He specializes in all aspects of fertility care. His book Conception: A Fertility Doctor’s Memoir describes the history of IVF, introduces readers to the way reproduction has been shaped since, and discusses what it will be like in the coming decades.

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Debora L. Spar
Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny

Deborah L. Spar is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School and the Senior Associate Dean of HBS Online. Her current research focuses on issues of gender and technology, as well as on the interplay between technological change and broader social structures. Spar is the author of numerous books. Her latest, Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny, is a “clear-eyed assessment of humanity’s ability to adapt to technological change” (Publishers Weekly).

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Carey Goldberg is the host of WBUR’s CommonHealth section. Previously, she was the Boston bureau chief of the New York Times, a staff Moscow correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, and a health and science reporter for the Boston Globe. Goldberg is the co-author of the triple memoir, Three Wishes: A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak and Astonishing Luck on Our Way To Love and Motherhood.


This session will challenge your assumptions about how we meet, marry, love, and reproduce. Debora L. Spar, in Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny, surveys human history and concludes that the decisions we make about our intimate lives are driven, and always have been driven, by technology. These days, it’s assisted reproduction, robotics, and artificial intelligence that will be guiding our personal choices. Dr. Merle Berger, a pioneer in reproductive technologies like IVF, describes, in Conception: A Fertility Doctor’s Memoir, the rapid development of those technologies, the decoupling of sex from reproduction, and the ethical conundrums we will continue to face in the future. This fascinating session will be hosted by Carey Goldberg, WBUR’s host of CommonHealth and author of Three Wishes: A True Story Of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak and Astonishing Luck On Our Way To Love and Motherhood. Media sponsorship by WBUR 90.9 FM.