This Time, Humans Out-Perform Computers

Computers are terrible at mapping the brain.  Given a cross-section of a retina for example, computers have trouble distinguishing neurons from other cells and empty space.  Humans, on the other hand, can perform this task with ease.

Still, mapping the brain would be a monumental task for one human.  So MIT neuroscientist Sebastien Seung recruited more than 120,000 online gamers to help him - via a game called EyeWire.

Players help color in neurons, and a computer later compiles their data into a complex map. Already, their work is helping scientists understand how the brain sees movement.

You can hear all about it in this story from Joe Palca.

Notes

  1. wantstobeinthewilderness reblogged this from npr
  2. museormaenad reblogged this from skunkbear
  3. aszlan reblogged this from blueandbluer
  4. blueandbluer reblogged this from unicorn--heart
  5. jrod-imusprime reblogged this from sucroseandspice
  6. sucroseandspice reblogged this from npr
  7. chickenpede reblogged this from npr
  8. heartssteadybeating reblogged this from stillbuildingabetterme
  9. stillbuildingabetterme reblogged this from npr
  10. snowiedear reblogged this from npr
  11. oxidoreductase reblogged this from science-sexual
  12. ripley77690 reblogged this from science-sexual
  13. theaffluenza reblogged this from aseaofshells
  14. aseaofshells reblogged this from science-sexual
  15. science-sexual reblogged this from floresalbert
  16. floresalbert reblogged this from somuchscience
  17. rhaphanidawe reblogged this from tunte
  18. 6-x-3 reblogged this from falastineyeh
  19. falastineyeh reblogged this from n-aw
  20. cutieetuna reblogged this from kktheninjapanda
  21. kktheninjapanda reblogged this from vanesa
  22. vanesa reblogged this from life-the-universe-everything
  23. magnificent-bbc-bastards reblogged this from liarliar-girlonfire
  24. liarliar-girlonfire reblogged this from elphabaforpresidentofgallifrey
  25. ahmadsblog reblogged this from skunkbear
  26. waterjunk reblogged this from skunkbear
  27. zwinkceski reblogged this from rocketsandorscience
  28. arkestrater reblogged this from psycholar
  29. cl0se-your-eyes-and-just-dream reblogged this from hxcgirl666
  30. acertaindelphinecormier reblogged this from awildofnothing