We recently released some updates to the game. The changes include a new slider that you can use to more quickly scan through image slices in Connect-the-Dots mode, updated tutorials for new players, making hotspots for disconnected portions of the traces more specific, and improving consensus so it produces fewer extraneous branches.
You can view the entire changelog at this forum thread. Also please feel free to leave any feedback or questions. As always hanks for all your contributions!
We are excited to announce feedback from our partners at the Allen Institute for Brain Science regarding four neurons posted during our recent 48-hour challenge.
You can view the results for them here:
The trace comparison images in the web page can be a bit small, you may need to right click and open the image in a new tab to get a better view. In general, the results were good! The most common areas of improvement were tips of paths not being fully traced and sections with curves and twists not always being accurately traced.
Thanks for all your work! As always if you have any feedback or questions, feel free to leave a post on our forums.
The 48-hour Games for Change Neuron Challenge begins now!!! Let’s see how many complete and fully connected neurons we can reconstruct over the next couple days. Big things to look out for: faint signals and disconnected areas. You may notice that there is a little guide on the side of the challenge indicating whether it is the optimal time to be tracing or connecting. You will receive 2x points for tracing during the “trace stage” and for connecting during the “connect stage”, however you can do any activity during any stage.
Thank you to our community of players who have helped us put Mozak on the map. And welcome to our new players!
On June 28th, Mozak’s principal investigator Zoran Popović will be speaking at the Games for Change Festival in New York City. He will be sharing the incredible work this community has accomplished so far and what our goals for the upcoming year will be. To showcase Mozak’s community-accelerating reconstruction speed, we are launching a Games for Change Reconstruction Challenge. How many neurons can we reconstruct over the 2 days of the festival? Can we complete more than one full neuron per day? We’ll find out soon! During the Challenge, scientists at the Allen Institute for Brain Science and our team will be providing expert feedback on partial reconstructions every 15 minutes to enhance collaboration and skill acquisition of both incoming and long-time players. We will begin the challenge at 9am EST on Thursday, June 28th and conclude 48 hours later on June 30th. Happy tracing, everyone!