An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Chatham University, and Emory University created a neural network with a slightly different structure than what is usually used in research. You can think of neural networks as being separated into layers. Most neural network research involves wiring artificial neurons from one layer to others in another layer. This gives the network some ability to recognize patterns, but they haven’t been truly successful with vision, yet.
In this case, the researchers decided to wire some neurons to other neurons in the same layer, creating lateral connections. while it might seem a little counter-intuitive, doing so gave the neural network a greater ability to recognize things than other neural networks.