EyeWire- Crowdsourcing neurons

Summary

EyeWire is a game to map the brain from the Seung Lab at MIT. Anyone can play and you need no scientific background. Over 130,000 people from 145 countries play. Together we are mapping the 3D structure of neurons; advancing our quest to understand ourselves.”

I have started playing this game to learn more about the structure of neurons as well as how best to implement citizen science.  I have created this set of posts which I am using to capture 1- My scores 2- Chat conversations and 3- Ideas on how to better motivate game players (eyewirers) 4- How to apply what I learn about playing the game…. more

By joining EyeWire, you can help map the connectome, starting with connections between retinal neurons. EyeWire gameplay advances neuroscience by helping researchers discover how neurons connect and network to process information. You also help the EyeWire team, based at MIT, develop advanced artificial intelligence and computational technologies for mapping the connectome.

Sebastian Seung’s blog post Play EyeWire and Contribute to Neuroscience Research at MIT Introductory Tutorials on YouTube Wikipedia Entry

Nice summary by Times-Tribune reporter, Kevin O’Neill, who actually tried ...

EyeWire is a game to map the brain from the Seung Lab at MIT. Anyone can play and you need no scientific background. Over 130,000 people from 145 countries play. Together we are mapping the 3D structure of neurons; advancing our quest to understand ourselves.”

I have started playing this game to learn more about the structure of neurons as well as how best to implement citizen science.  I have created this set of posts which I am using to capture 1- My scores 2- Chat conversations and 3- Ideas on how to better motivate game players (eyewirers) 4- How to apply what I learn about playing the game…. more

By joining EyeWire, you can help map the connectome, starting with connections between retinal neurons. EyeWire gameplay advances neuroscience by helping researchers discover how neurons connect and network to process information. You also help the EyeWire team, based at MIT, develop advanced artificial intelligence and computational technologies for mapping the connectome.

Sebastian Seung’s blog post Play EyeWire and Contribute to Neuroscience Research at MIT
Introductory Tutorials on YouTube
Wikipedia Entry

Nice summary by Times-Tribune reporter, Kevin O’Neill, who actually tried to play the game. “MIT researchers use crowdsourcing so ‘citizen scientists’ can help map the human brain“.  I agree with his conclusion

I’m not a big gamer, so I’m not sure how popular Eyewire will be compared to other games. I found I enjoyed the practice cubes a lot more than the actual ones because of the feedback. It was satisfying to know I solved a practice cube, but with the real ones you never know for sure.

You submit your finished cubes to be checked by artificial intelligence software, but you don’t get any results other than points in the game. The points are awarded by the AI’s comparison of the results of multiple people solving the same cube.

Some game playing notes:

1- A large screen monitor, mouse, and fast Internet connection enhance game play.

2- Watch tutorial videos as you go through each of the six practice cubes.

Login for Eyewire

Login screen for Eyewire

3D image of entire neuron mapped by Eyewirers

3D image of entire neuron mapped by Eyewirers

Neuron mapped on Sunday July 20, 2014 by scottalap

Neuron mapped on Sunday July 20, 2014 by scottalap

 

 

 

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