Saturday, June 17, 2006

Open Challenge to Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo! Developers

Ok, geospatial mapping services are great and all, but come on, mapping the brain is far more interesting and needed. So I offer an open challenge to Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo! developers who are involved with these AJAX and Flash-related mapping technologies to consider developing them for other fields besides mapping the earth. Try applying your talents to mapping the brain, which is truly the last frontier.

8 Comments:

Blogger brain12357 said...

good luck with your open challenge! Unless it has commercial applications, I doubt it will pan out.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Chris Chatham said...

I was recently thinking of something similar. I wish that there was a datamining tool for use on Google Scholar that could extract the "function" attached to various brain areas in imaging studies. This data could then be integrated with Brain Tutor (or some other brain mapping tool).

9:10 AM  
Blogger neubrain said...

it's too bad BrainTutor is not open source. Apparently, Rainer Goebel believes more in making a buck than advancing neuroscience.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Digital Nova said...

Could you provide more requirements? What would this mapper do besides show topography? How could this tool be used?

1:51 PM  
Blogger neubrain said...

Microsoft’s Terraserver gave users access to high resolution satellite images many years before Google Maps did the same. So why was Google Maps such a big deal? Because whereas Microsoft had given access to satellite imagery, Google made them accessible.

In a similar manner, we need to make high resolution brain image data more accessible to map out what we are and the neural basis of our thoughts and mind.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Albert said...

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10:04 AM  
Blogger Albert said...

Our toddler steps towards brain mapping, showing the first instar fly brain neuropile. TEM at 2.34 nm/pixel.

10:09 AM  
Blogger neubrain said...

these are great first steps. Very encouraging! Thanks, Albert.

6:44 PM  

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