Proposed National Quantum Initiative is subject of U.S. House Committee hearing

Oct. 25, 2017
On October 24, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held a joint hearing on American Leadership in Quantum Technology.

On October 24, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology and Subcommittee on Energy today held a joint hearing on "American Leadership in Quantum Technology." It included testimony on behalf of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) by Christopher Monroe, professor of physics at the University of Maryland and founder and chief scientist at IonQ (College Park, MD), which is developing a general purpose quantum computer. Also testifying were Scott Crowder, VP and CTO for quantum computing, IBM Systems Group, and senior administrators for several national labs.

Monroe's testimony addressed the need for a National Quantum Initiative to create the physical and human infrastructure needed to move the U.S. into a leadership position in quantum information technology, a field that will create great opportunities for job creation, economic growth, and betterment of society across areas as diverse as health outcomes and information security. Currently, countries including China, Australia, and Canada, as well as the European Union, are heavily investing in major initiatives to advance quantum information science while efforts in the U.S. remain decentralized.

In a white paper published earlier this year titled, A Call for a National Quantum Initiative, the NPI detailed how US investment in a National Quantum Initiative will accelerate the development of commercially available quantum-based technologies to facilitate growth in the US economy and keep pace with accelerating international competition.

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To read the full testimonies and see a video of the meeting, click on this link to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology site:

Source: National Photonics Initiative

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