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The Dream of U.S.-Made Computer Chips

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Digital illustration depicts the race to make microchips between China and U.S.

Some experts say that more U.S.-made computer chips can protect the U.S. from Chinas military or technology ambitions.

Credit: Nicole Ruggiero

Many U.S. politicians and technologists believe that America would be better off if the government put more financial support into computer chips. Proposals for tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer funding are working their way, somewhat unsteadily, through Congress.

One of the key stated goals is to make more computer chips in the U.S., which is unusual in two ways: The U.S. is philosophically disinclined to help its favorite industries, and we often think about American innovation as disconnected from where stuff is physically made.

What are we trying to achieve in making more chips on U.S. soil? Are policymakers and the tech industry pursuing the most effective steps to achieve those goals?

From The New York Times
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