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OSTP Announces Boeing, Google, IBM Among Companies to Sit on Steering Committee to Lead Federal Quantum Development Initiative

By IQT News posted 22 Sep 2020

(TheHill) The Trump administration announced September 16 that Boeing, Google and IBM will be among the organizations to lead efforts to research and push forward quantum computing development. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) announced the members of the steering committee on Wednesday, September 16–with NIST, ColdQuanta, QC Ware, and Zapata Computing also selected to sit on the committee.
The companies will be part of the steering committee for the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), a group that aims to identify standards, cybersecurity protocols and other needs to assist in pushing forward the quantum information science and technology industry.
The establishment of the steering committee comes on the heels of the Trump administration announcing more than $1 billion in funding for new research institutes focused on quantum computing and artificial intelligence.
The announcement of the funds came after OSTP and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the establishment of three quantum computing centers at three different U.S. academic institutions, which involved an investment of $75 million. The establishment of these centers was also the result of requirements of the National Quantum Initiative Act.

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