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Experts Cite Need for International Collaboration to Advance Quantum Computing

Jeff Brody

Some government and industry experts said strengthening partnerships with other countries is key to advancing quantum information science, Nextgov reported Thursday.

“What I can say is that by choosing to maintain a leadership role and to work with international collaborators and to cooperate across the world, we have the opportunity to realize that and it’s up to us to maintain that strength,” Jake Taylor, assistant director for quantum information science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said Wednesday.

Taylor said his team plans to participate in a workshop to find ways on how to expand collaboration with the European Union over the summer, and is working to integrate economic growth opportunities into quantum policies. Bob Wisnieff, chief technology officer of quantum computing at IBM Research, stressed the need to develop a new field of engineering as the U.S. makes advances in the quantum computing space.

President Trump signed a law in December to authorize $1.2 billion in funding for quantum computing research and development over the next five years. The National Quantum Initiative Act will support federally funded QIS research programs and efforts to build a quantum-smart workforce.

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