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White House Earmarks Over $1B for Quantum Technology Research


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The White House established an Office of Science and Technology Policy subcommittee to oversee federal investment in quantum technology research.

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The White House has established an Office of Science and Technology Policy subcommittee to oversee federal backing and investment for quantum technology research as a result of diligent bipartisan support over the last several months.

The government also has budgeted more than $1.2 billion in funding over 10 years for quantum computing research, reflecting experts' concerns that quantum computing technology will soon be able to break classical encryption, making all encrypted systems in the world vulnerable.

The government moved more slowly to approve budgetary line items last year when a similar bipartisan push to organize a subcommittee on artificial intelligence went forward, but quantum computing is now seen as a much more urgent potential threat to national security.

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