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TEDxAmsterdam 2013 EyeWire, a game to map the brain by Mind Map: TEDxAmsterdam 2013
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TEDxAmsterdam 2013 EyeWire, a game to map the brain


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Themes, Neuroscience, Gamification, Crowdsourcing

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So much innovation throughout the course of human history

not just







all made possible because of the human brain

So, what is the human brain?

made of

80 billion neurons, if every neuron in your brain was a person..., ... your brain could populate a city like amsterdam a 100.000 times

other cell types

complex network

junctions, called synapses, more synapses in 1 cubic cm of your brain then there are stars in the milky way, 300 biljon stars in the milkyway, about 1200 cubic cm in your brain

communications via, electrical impulses, chemical impulses

understanding the brain

need to map the network of cells in our brain to understad how the brain makes us who we are

integrate functional activity maps into those networks

reconstructing synaptic neural networks in the brain

While working at Sebastian Seung‘s Computational Neuroscience lab at MIT

more about Sebastian Seung


taking a volume of brain

image all the way thourgh it

allows to

see the individual neurons that have grown in that part of the brain

reconstruct the branches in full 3D

fit the branches together into entire cells

fit the cells together in networks

...understand the celluar level circutry thats responsible for the communicaion inside the brain

thining outside the box to map on entire brain


took 1000s of hours to reconstruct one neuron

using software

brought down to 50 hours per cell


if you've had a team of 100 people

working 24/7

using today's technology

still whould take 500.000 years to map one entire brain

turning to viral online games

i.e. AngryBirds

people spending 3 billion hours per week

Introducing: EyeWire

what is it?

a game to map the brain

availabe to anyone with an internet connection


90.000 people signed up, high school students to denitsst, scuplters, stock traders and retired people

from 130 countries

How does it work

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allows you to see the neurons that have been mapped

start with one side of a neuron

end up on the other side to a cube

the future

EyeWire is the first of many games

allows to take a front row seat and making new discoveries to the brain, for anyone with an internet connection

think about when we live in discovery

unprecedended call for collbaboration

EU brain projects

US brain initiative

China's vast investment in biologival and computer sciences

we need to disrupt the way we approach science

we need an influx of, Statisticans, Mathematicians, Designers, Hackers

we're laying the foundation of the understanding of our human brain