What do Angry Birds and Candy Crush have to do with mapping the brain?
It would take researchers more than half a million years to map one entire human brain at synaptic resolution using today's best technology. That simply won't do. So while Seung Lab at MIT is building software to revolutionize neuroscience big data analysis, they also thought, "what if we could make mapping the brain into a game?" Amy Robinson and her team at MIT Media Lab did exactly that by creating EyeWire, a free online crowd sourced game which allows people from all over the world to help discover never before known neural circuits. Over 100,000 people have signed up, and it's only been one year..
Amy is the Creative Director of EyeWire, a game to map the brain from Sebastian Seung's Computational Neuroscience Lab. Together with MIT Media Lab and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences they help scientists with crowd-source research.