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Computer Game Reveals 'Space-Time' Neurons In the Eye 105

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the eye-like-reflexes dept.
sciencehabit (1205606) writes news that the EyeWire project from MIT has yielded some exciting results. "You open the overstuffed kitchen cabinet and a drinking glass tumbles out. With a ninjalike reflex, you snatch it before it shatters on the floor, as if the movement of the object were being tracked before the information even reached your brain. According to one idea of how the circuitry of the eye processes visual data, that is literally what happens. Now, a deep anatomical study of a mouse retina — carried out by 120,000 members of the public — is bringing scientists a step closer to confirming the hypothesis." The paper (paywalled), and a gallery of screenshots of the game.

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Computer Game Reveals 'Space-Time' Neurons In the Eye

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 05, 2014 @06:24PM (#46923819)

    Take a nasally voice, add lots of extraneous noise, and you have the walkthrough from Hell

  • Teaser? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Tablizer (95088) on Monday May 05, 2014 @06:26PM (#46923833) Journal

    The "space-time" intro at first made me think they discovered quantum sensors in the eyes that detect action slightly before it happens using parallel universes or the like. But they are just talking about motion-sensing pre-processing by the retina itself.

    Disappointment. I wanted the ability to walk into my boss's office and say, "Before you get up to fire me, I quit!"

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