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U.s. Should Invest More in Global Quantum Race, Researchers Tell Congressional Committee

By The Wall Street Journal

October 25, 2017

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Researchers and government officials on Tuesday told the U.S. House Science Committee that global progress in quantum computing technologies has reached an "inflection point," and stressed that more federal funding is required to train specialists and advance real-world applications.

"The U.S. government investment in driving this critical technology is not sufficient to stay competitive," warned IBM's Scott Crowder.

Witnesses at the hearing noted the U.S. faces a formidable rivalry from China, where this year scientists made progress in building an "unhackable" quantum-based global communication network. Crowder also cited the recent groundbreaking of a Chinese research facility for quantum applications, and he also noted a multifaceted European initiative to develop quantum technology.

"Now is the time to get ahead of the curve," said IonQ chief scientist Christopher Monroe, who proposed a five-year, $500 million federal investment in a National Quantum Initiative, which would develop four quantum innovation labs focusing on separate quantum computing approaches.

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