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Why Neuroscience Needs Hackers

Neuroscience is overwhelmed with an avalanche of raw data about the nervous system's inner workings. Making sense of this bonanza of information has become a superhuman challenge.Professor H. Sebastian Seung and his collaborators began mapping the retina's neural connections. Show More Summary

The continued quest to map the brain, TED Oscar connections and a frog joke from Wil Wheaton

3 years agoNews : TED Blog: News

The TED community has been busy in the past week. Below, a few TEDsters with news to share. Mapping by the millions. Frustrated by the inability to test his theories given the current technology, Sebastian Seung embarked on what many of his colleagues considered career suicide: he built a game to map all the neural [ … ]

How A Scientist Plans To Use Gamers To Map The Human Brain

World renowned neuroscientist Sebastian Seung has dedicated countless hours to researching the brain. But it's an online game Seung helped develop, called EyeWire, that could provide a breakthrough way to map the organ. The game is similar to similar to Foldit, an online puzzle game about protein folding. Show More Summary

Sebastian Seung’s Quest to Map the Human Brain

3 years agoNews : NYTimes: News

Using crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence, a Princeton neuroscientist is hoping to map the intricate wiring of the human brain. If he succeeds, could we live forever as data?

Gaming Out The Brain

Neuroscientist Sebastian Seung wants to develop a better picture of the human brain – with your help. EyeWire is a browser-based game developed by Seung’s lab at MIT that invites players to map the connections between retinal neurons: [Creative director Amy] Robinson says it currently takes the lab around 50 hours to reconstruct one neuron, […]

Making connections in the eye: Wiring diagram of retinal neurons is first step toward mapping the human brain

The human brain has 100 billion neurons, connected to each other in networks that allow us to interpret the world around us, plan for the future, and control our actions and movements. MIT neuroscientist Sebastian Seung wants to mapShow More Summary

Sebastian Seung: Step One in Fixing the Brain: Understand How It Works

To find better means of fixing the brain, we first need to achieve something more fundamental. We must understand how it works.

Alcor 40 Conference, October 19th 2012

6 years agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Cryonics provider Alcor is holding a 40th anniversary conference in October, and the presently announced program looks much like this: "Sebastian Seung on testing how well cryopreservation (and alternatives) preserves the connectome....Show More Summary

Wanted: Big community to unlock big data in big brain

6 years agoTechnology : Gigaom

In his quest to map the connections in the brain, MIT professor Sebastian Seung is turning citizen science into a game. In this video, he talks about his project, Eyewire, and how prior experience with coloring books is all you need to play.

Connecting The Dots Of The Brain

Sebastian Seung explains why research on mapping out the way different neurons in the brain connect to each other has the potential to revolutionize medicine: In brain diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, neurons degenerate and die. Autopsy reveals that something...

Mapping 100 Trillion Connections: My new brain column for Discover

6 years agoAcademics / Biology : The Loom

Our 80 billion neurons form an estimated 100 trillion connections. Through those links surge the signals that make thought possible. Sebastian Seung of MIT has been calling for a full-blown atlas of those connections, because he believes it will help us understand how the brain works and how the brain makes us who we are. Show More Summary

Are we merely the sum of our neurons?

In Connectome: How the brain's wiring makes us who we are, Sebastian Seung explores the mapping of our circuitry and how much it can tell us about ourselves

Uploading The Brain To Become Immortal

Gary Stix reviews Sebastian Seung's Connectome, a book named after the "complete circuit diagram of the brain," which some hope will allow us to make digital copies of brains. The main philosophical question: The central question for [Seung, a computational...

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