Social Media Sidebar


Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

'By far the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it'


Eliezer Yudkowsky

A Videogame That Recruits Players to Map the Brain

Posted in Science on 4th Aug, 2013 02:01 AM by AlexMuller

I’m no neuroscientist, and yet, here I am at my computer attempting to reconstruct a neural circuit of a mouse’s retina. It’s not quite as difficult and definitely not as boring as it sounds. In fact, it’s actually pretty fun, which is a good thing considering I’m playing a videogame.


Called EyeWire, the browser-based game asks players to map the connections between retinal neurons by coloring in 3-D slices of the brain. Much like any other game out there, being good at EyeWire earns you points, but the difference is that the data you produce during gameplay doesn’t just get you on a leader board—it’s actually used by scientists to build a better picture of the human brain.


Created by neuroscientist Sebastian Seung’s lab at MIT, EyeWire basically gamifies the professional research Seung and his collaborators do on a daily basis. Seung is studying the connectome, the hyper-complex tangle of connections among neurons in the brain.


More specifically, right now Seung and his researchers are reconstructing neural circuits in the retina to get a better idea of how humans perceive directional motions. So for example, when you see something that causes you to look up or down, it’s believed that there are certain cells that respond to that stimuli.


Seung and his group aren’t exactly sure how those cells work or how they’re connected to one another, but they’re trying to find out. “Sebastian likes to say, ‘If we don’t understand how something as simple as motion perception works, how are we going to be able to answer these higher level questions like what happens in learning or mental disorders?’” says Amy Robinson, creative director of EyeWire. The brain is science’s version of the wild west—it’s basically uncharted territory that is waiting to be explored and discovered.


But even figuring out something as seemingly simple as motion perception is incredibly time consuming and has led to a huge bottleneck in the lab’s research around image analysis. Robinson says it currently takes the lab around 50 hours to reconstruct one neuron, even with help from artificial intelligence. Multiply that by the 85 billion (the approximate number of neurons in a human brain), and you can see how they might need some help.

Read original article » Back to category


Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-08-04
Wouldn't the Socialist Republics, or the Fascists, or the Nazi regime, or the current administration have loved to have what these people are striving so hard to produce? Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-26
VsnxTS Im thankful for the blog.Much thanks again. Want more. Reply


Recent headlines

  • Posted in Business on 2017-03-24 19:18:37
    This company replaced 90% of its workforce with more
    Posted in Hardware on 2017-03-24 19:07:39
    China working on reusing rocket stages and will try more
    Posted in Medicine on 2017-03-24 18:59:31
    Discovery enables 'mass produced blood' more
    Posted in Hardware on 2017-03-23 21:29:30
    A brain-computer interface for controlling VR with your more
    Posted in Business on 2017-03-23 21:17:44
    One Powerful Way the U.S. Could Boost Solar more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs, more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Intensive medical treatment can reverse type 2 more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Daily consumption of tea protects the elderly from more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    New analysis method of metabolites accurately predicts more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Unproven stem cell 'therapy' blinds three patients at more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Indigenous South American group has healthiest arteries of more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Remember me

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Verify password:
Remember me