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A Database of Brains

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the quickly-DDOSed-by-zombie-botnet dept.

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aarondubrow writes "Researchers recently created OpenfMRI, a web-based, supercomputer-powered tool that makes it easier for researchers to process, share, compare and rapidly analyze fMRI brain scans from many different studies. Applying supercomputing to the fMRI analysis allows researchers to conduct larger studies, test more hypotheses, and accommodate the growing spatial and time resolution of brain scans. The ultimate goal is to collect enough brain data to develop a bottom-up understanding of brain function."

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First Row in the Database (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44008163)

Mr. Abbie Normal

Re:First Row in the Database (2)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year ago | (#44008197)

It's good to know your database is in Abbie Normal Form.

Re:First Row in the Database (1)

nxcho (754392) | about a year ago | (#44008505)

If the MRI data is a bit noisy, you could try some Abbie Normalized Convolution.

'normal' (1)

globaljustin (574257) | about a year ago | (#44009871)

I hate what some of the sciences are doing with fMRI data...it's all interval and case-study data...

They're treating it as if it is some discreet measurement like rainfall or temperature then, if past is prologue, will use it to correlate with behavior.

It's like purchasing your stocks based on how often stock brokers self report getting laid...we know nothing of how the brain waves we measure *actually* correlate to behavior.

First and foremost there is no one single human behavior ontology (defined 'normal') to compare against...it's like having no speed of light to gauge your meter against...

It is not science, but it's 'brain waves' and 'computers' and 'big data' so the first asshat to correlate a fMRI spike with X behavior gets some damn grant from the DoD or NSF or NIH

In other words: (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year ago | (#44008169)

A restaurant locator for zombies

Re:In other words: (1)

binarylarry (1338699) | about a year ago | (#44008485)

George R R Romero's Zombie Town: A Database of Brains

Re:In other words: (1)

wooferhound (546132) | about a year ago | (#44009577)

We Need More Brains . . .

Re:In other words: (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#44010771)

A restaurant locator for zombies

It's the 21st century. Even zombies like to dine out nowadays. What, are you a stinkin' deathist?

Re:In other words: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44019649)

There's an app for that!

More from Obama's thugs. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44008191)

Re:More from Obama's thugs. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44008359)

Bootlickers defend the NSA program, stating it could have stopped 9/11 (where there was already intel that was ignored) and thwarted terrorism. But has it thwarted Sandy Hook, or Aurora, or the Boston Bombings, or the Santa Monica shooter? No, I guess not...they're too busy hacking journalists and committing industrial espionage and Stasi-like behavior on a worldwide scale.

But replying to your comment, isn't it funny how Republicans bash and beat Welfare, Obamacare, and immigration reform; yet defend the single most insidious program being carried out?

-- Ethanol-fueled

Re:More from Obama's thugs. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44009391)

isn't it funny how Republicans bash and beat Welfare, Obamacare, and immigration reform; yet defend the single most insidious program being carried out?
 
Uh, the Democrats were attacking the Republicans as the heavy lifting of their future program was being put in place by the Republicans. That's why I'm asking where is the outrage from the left. The left was pissed as hell when it was a 1/100th of the program we see that has been put in place. At least Republicans never lied about their stand on it. The left did.

This is promising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44008227)

Maybe if we collect enough MRIs into one database, we may finally be able to crunch the data into finding patterns between individual brain maps, which will in turn make brain mapping easier for everyone.

How easy will this be? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44008347)

I imagine that every MRI manufacturer has their own, proprietary software that creates the data from the responses from the MRI. How do these guys cover that hurdle? Anyone in working in the business know?

BTW, if you've never seen an MRI play "Smoke on the Water", search for it -- it's pretty cool (expecially if you've ever had to endure an MRI while having a migraine).

Re:How easy will this be? (5, Informative)

neurogeneticist (1631367) | about a year ago | (#44008491)

Images are collected in DICOM format (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine), which is an ISO standard for Health Informatics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DICOM [wikipedia.org]

Re:How easy will this be? (2)

X-Ray Artist (1784416) | about a year ago | (#44009267)

The DICOM "Standard" is not all that "standard". There so many tags and semi-duplications. You can have two machines using different sections to accomplish similar things and not be able to communicate completely. I work with Medical Imaging and have had several issues with DICOM data being incompatible. We have two DICOM image viewers and sometimes I can't get a DICOM CD to load to one viewer but the other viewer handles it just fine.

Re:How easy will this be? (1)

idontgno (624372) | about a year ago | (#44009435)

I'm developing a rule about standards: Idontgno's Standards Laws.

  1. Any standard broad enough to be in wide use is too generic to be useful.
  2. Any standard specific enough to be useful is too narrow to be used outside of specific, usually proprietary, implementations.
  3. Idontgno's Interoperability Corollary: Interoperability is crap, often by design.

Storage (1)

HideyoshiJP (1392619) | about a year ago | (#44008603)

So...PACS plus Supercomputer? Holy IO, Batman! Then again, I don't know that MRIs use that much.

Re:Storage (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about a year ago | (#44008707)

An fMRI is basically a voxel video. That's a lot of voxels.

brought to you by (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44008701)

Dr. Walter Simeon

How long until the NSA sends a FISC Order? (1)

EvilSS (557649) | about a year ago | (#44009427)

So they can start collecting brain metadata?

Re:How long until the NSA sends a FISC Order? (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year ago | (#44010011)

The NSA is not just satisfied with reading our mail . . . now they want to read our minds!

Actually, maybe they could determine that certain brain patterns indicate that someone might think about committing an act of terrorism in the future . . . it would be better to lock them up before they think about committing the act . . . predictive law enforcement . . .

Dollhouse (1)

ilikenwf (1139495) | about a year ago | (#44010145)

Where's Eliza Dushku when you need her?

Isn't this how Dollhouse got imprints?

Porn for Zombies? (1)

stox (131684) | about a year ago | (#44010203)

Sorry, couldn't resist,

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these (1)

maroberts (15852) | about a year ago | (#44010615)

Another meme rises like a zombie from its grave

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