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A Database of Brains

Soulskill posted about 10 months ago | from the quickly-DDOSed-by-zombie-botnet dept.

Databases 25

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 10 months ago | (#44008163)

Mr. Abbie Normal

'normal' (1)

globaljustin (574257) | about 10 months 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 10 months ago | (#44008169)

A restaurant locator for zombies

Re:In other words: (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 10 months 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 10 months ago | (#44019649)

There's an app for that!

More from Obama's thugs. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44008191)

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

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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.

brought to you by (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44008701)

Dr. Walter Simeon

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

EvilSS (557649) | about 10 months ago | (#44009427)

So they can start collecting brain metadata?

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

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 10 months 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 . . .

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