Attend a FREE, fun-filled educational event on Saturday, November 2, featuring interactive Science, Technology, Engineering and Math exhibits and a speaker series!

At the event you’ll enjoy hands-on exhibits provided by:

  • Dysart Unified Solar Karts, Robotics and Makerspace Teams
  • Surprise Police, Fire-Medical, Water Conservation and other city departments
  • Businesses and universities
  • And much more!

Plus, food will be available for purchase from a variety of food trucks!

SciTech Speaker Series

Plan to attend one, or all, of the Surprise SciTech speaker series sessions while on campus!

Saturday, November 2, 2019
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Surprise City Hall Courtyard
16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ

Civic Center Parking Map

  1. Session 1
  2. Session 2
  3. Session 3

Session 1 - Can Machines Think?

9:15 a.m.

Speaker: Dr. William Blaker, Retired, RISE Learning for Life

Although no computer existing today can think precisely in the same way as a human, is it theoretically possible that a more advanced computer in the future may indeed be able to do so? This question has been hotly debated by neuroscientists, computer scientists, and philosophers starting in the 1950’s, soon after electronic computers were first developed. There are good theoretical arguments on both sides, and these will be presented along with their counterarguments. Finally, if a computer could think like a human, would that make it a “person” with legal rights?

Speaker Bio: Dr. William Blaker is a West Valley resident and retired biology professor who has done research and taught about the brain for over 35 years. He has published over 20 research articles on the topic and has received teaching awards from Virginia Tech and Furman University.