Replicating the human brain is tougher than it looks, yet scientists are edging closer with machines like Watson, an IBM supercomputer so advanced it competed against champions on the popular game show Jeopardy. Looking to the future, can we make a robot that really thinks, learns and acts like us?

KNME's Science Cafe explores the "Smartest Machine on Earth" on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at the NM PBS/KNME studio located at 1130 University Blvd N.E. Attendants will watch a segment of a NOVA documentary and afterwards join in on a discussion about the quest for artificial intelligence with Brandon Rohrer.

Rohrer is a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories and is currently researching biomimetic machine learning, embodied cognitive architectures and automated exploratory robots. He has pursued this interest through mechanical engineering degrees at BYU and MIT.

Science Cafe is designed for the entire family. Parents and grandparents are strongly encouraged to bring their budding engineers and scientists along. Admission is free, but a reservation is required. Seats are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. RSVP to Rose Poston, community outreach coordinator, at (505) 277-2396 or by emailing

Science Cafe is presented with support from the UNM Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Intel, and Sandia National Labs/Lockheed Martin.

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