The Waymo logo is shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (Paul Sancya / AP)

"Inside Waymo's Secret World for Training Self-Driving Cars: An exclusive look at how Alphabet understands its most ambitious artificial intelligence project," by The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal:

  • "At any time, there are now 25,000 virtual self-driving cars making their way through fully modeled versions of Austin, Mountain View, and Phoenix, as well as test-track scenarios."
  • "As we pull into the parking lot, there are whiffs of Manhattan Project, of scientific outpost, of tech startup."
  • "[E]ngineers ... cook up and stage rare scenarios that might allow them to test new behaviors in a controlled way."
  • Worth the click.

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Pence no longer expected at Amy Coney Barrett's final confirmation vote

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Vice President Mike Pence no longer plans to attend the Senate's final confirmation vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Monday, following Senate Democrats' claims that his presence after possible exposure to the coronavirus would be a "violation of common decency," a Pence aide confirmed to CNN and Politico on Monday.

Driving the news: Five of Pence's aides were recently diagnosed with COVID-19, including his chief of staff, who is currently quarantining. Pence has continued his campaign travel despite his possible exposure, which goes against CDC guidelines.