Recognize and avoid the Secret Sister scam on Facebook; Artificial intelligence uncovers previously undiscovered ancient Nazca stick figure; A new study suggests that previous estimates for electric car price reductions may be overly optimistic; Teaching autonomous vehicles to understand social behavior of human drivers; and a Steem post with an embedded youtube video discussing the idea of a global consciousness
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- Don't Be Fooled By Facebook's 'Secret Sister' Gift Exchange Scam, Authorities Warn - As the holiday season approaches, a long-time facebook scam has already resurfaced. The scam masquerades as a sort of "secret Santa" arrangement, promising that if six people each send $10 gifts to a "secret sister", they'll get six to thirty-six gifts in return. In reality, this is just another pyramid scheme, and anyone who participates is most likely to lose their $10 and get nothing in return.
- Scientists used artificial intelligence to discover a 2,000 year-old stick figure in Peru's mysterious Nazca Lines - The so-called Nazca Lines in Peru's Nazca Desert are figures that were carved into the ground by ancient people up to 2,000 years ago. The purpose of the lines is unknown, but some speculate that they had religious or spiritual significance, and others suggest that they marked water sources. The lines have been under scientific investigation since 1926, but new carvings are still being discovered. In recent work, scientists from Yamagata University discovered 142 new figures, one of which was a 4 meter by 2 meter human-like figure that was discovered by feeding aerial photographs to IBM's Watson AI system. Next up, the researchers plan to use IBM's cloud-hostedPAIRS Geoscope.
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