US could be set to become quantum computing leader


The United States is one signature away from pushing its quantum computing efforts into overdrive. After the House of Representatives passed a bill that would create the National Quantum Initiative Program, all it takes now is for the President to sign it into law.

In case that really happens, the US would have a decade-long plan on quantum computing research and development, which would include a presidential advisory committee, a National Science and Technology Council subcommittee, grants from the National Science Foundation and research at organisations such as the Energy Department, or the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Allegedly, China is also already working hard on its quantum computing research, meaning other countries need to step up or risk being left behind. And given that quantum computing has the potential to defeat encryption, but also to build virtually impenetrable defences, it’s easy to see why the States would want to be a leader in that field.

China aside, the US will have another player to keep an eye on, and that’s the European Union. Last October, the EU announced a huge funding push for quantum computing research and development.

A new initiative called The Quantum Technologies Flagship has been launched to fund 5,000 of Europe’s leading quantum technology researchers over the course of the next ten years. "Europe is determined to lead the development of quantum technologies worldwide,” said Andrus Ansip, Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, back then.

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