Federal Government Targeting Quantum Computing as One of Five Major Emerging Tech Trends for 2020
(NextGov) Tommy Gardner, Chief Technology Officer of HP Federal, opens his article explaining, “It’s taken a while for the U.S. federal government to fully climb aboard the emerging technology train, but as 2020 approaches it is clear that more agencies are ready to ride—and steer—the train toward new digital trends.” Gardner recounts that his chats with government leaders point to a few areas of common interest and quantum computing is the first he discusses.
The federal government will be continuing to explore the possibilities around quantum computing in the coming year.
China sees quantum computing as the next front in its economic battle with the United States and is determined to own this next great technological leap. But the U.S. government is positioning to compete. In late 2018, it signed the National Quantum Initiative Act into law, which committed $1.2 billion to quantum intelligence research. More recently, the Department of Energy said it would provide $40 million for research to develop quantum computing software. And in May, a White House subcommittee issued a “request for information” seeking outside input on how the U.S. government should further quantum research. Even with this investment, the U.S. is falling behind the rest of the world in this field.
In 2020, expect quantum information science momentum to intensify as governments step up their game.