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VC Urges Seattle to Educate Workforce for Quantum Computing & Become Leading Quantum Tech Center

By IQT News posted 28 Mar 2019

(GeekWire) “Quantum computing has the potential to transform our economies and lives”, writes Tom Alberg who is a co-founder and managing director at Seattle-based venture capital firm Madrona Venture Group. Alberg is a member of Challenge Seattle and sits on the Amazon board of directors.
Alberg calls on Seattle to make investments now to ensure we become a leading quantum center. He argues for a substantial increase in financial support to build up UW’s quantum research capacity and equally important, to create an extensive quantum information science curriculum. The UW’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering began this year to offer a course teaching Microsoft’s Q# language, but one course is not enough if Seattle is to become one of the major quantum centers of the future.
Alberg calls for Washington state’s congressional delegation to advocate our case for a fair share of federal funding. He urges the Washington State Legislature to support by making appropriations for quantum computing and education at the UW as a down payment showing local support.
Alberg wants his region needs to recommit to building its computer science workforce beginning in our K-12 schools, and undertake a new effort to build our quantum expertise and workforce.

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