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Biden to sign executive order, national security memo to advance quantum technologies

By Sandra Helsel posted 04 May 2022

(MarketWatch) Biden on Wednesday will sign an executive order to place the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee, the federal government’s principal independent expert body for quantum information science and technology, directly under White House authority, according to early morning reports from Rachel Koning Beals, MarketWatch News Editor in Chicago.  IQT-News summarizes the latest with updates to follow.

This “ensures that the president, Congress, federal departments and agencies, and the general public receive the most current, accurate and relevant information on quantum information science and technology to drive forward U.S. policymaking and advance or technological edge,” the White House said.

“While quantum information science is not new, recent breakthroughs in QIS have shown the potential to drive innovations across the American economy, from energy to medicine, through advancements in computation, networking and sensing,” it added.

Quantum computing harnesses the collective properties of quantum states, such as superposition, interference and entanglement, to perform calculations. One use of the technology, though not yet at scale, can improve the battery technology used in EVs TSLA, +0.70% GM, +3.88%.

Currently, most electric options take about 10 hours to fully recharge at home. Even the fastest superchargers at the charging stations require up to 20-40 minutes to fully recharge the vehicles, bringing additional costs and inconvenience to the customer and seen potentially slowing adoption of EVs from traditional gas-engine autos.

In a separate article, Fox News reports on the National Security Memo: “The goal of both the executive order and the National Strategy Memorandum is to ensure that we leapfrog well ahead of everyone else, both by promoting quantum information science and the benefits it can potentially bring from energy to medicine, in various areas of the economy, as well as to begin what will likely be a decade long transition to protect our systems from an adversary having a potential quantum computer,” a senior administration official said.
The official added: “America must start the lengthy process of updating our IT infrastructure today to protect against this quantum computing threat tomorrow.”

Sandra K. Helsel, Ph.D. has been researching and reporting on frontier technologies since 1990.  She has her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

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