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


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Members of the House Science Committee hearing testimony on American leadership in quantum computing.

Six quantum information science experts told the U.S. House Science Committee that the U.S. risks falling behind in the race to harness the power of quantum computing.

Credit: Sara Castellanos/The Wall Street Journal

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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