For her new book, We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception, author Kara Platoni spent a year researching in science labs, military bases, biohackers’ basements, and anywhere else that she could find people studying at the forefront of sensory science. Platoni is an Oakland-based writer, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism alum-turned-lecturer, and former Express staffer. Her new book probes into everything from perfumers creating scents that can stimulate the memories of Alzheimer’s patients to scientists developing virtual limbs that offer a sense of touch — ultimately investigating the questions of what’s real, and how much of out reality is created through perception. Platoni will be celebrating the books release this Thursday at the UC Berkeley J-School at 7 p.m. The evening will feature a Q&A between Platoni and Eric Simons, author of The Secret Lives of Sports Fans and the editorial director of Bay Nature. It will also feature a musical performance by Teresa Lee and the Phony Platonis.