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Council of Presidential Advisers Sets Sights on AI, Quantum Computing

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The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology convened Monday to discuss its focus on artificial intelligence and quantum computing, Nextgov reported Monday.

AI and quantum computing are two of the five “industries of the future” identified by PCAST. The other three were wireless communications, advanced manufacturing and biotechnology.

The Subcommittee on American Action Plan for Global Leadership in Industries of the Future, which was established by PCAST, presented its report and offered recommendations for the federal government to further advance work on quantum computing and AI, including the establishment of a national network of user facilities.

“This would jumpstart quantum algorithm and application development and quantum computer science; make a critical scientific and computational resource available to scientists at U.S. national laboratories and universities; and serve as a market-making catalyst for accelerated growth in the U.S. industry producing quantum hardware and software,” the subcommittee said of the national network.

The subcommittee also suggested the creation of a secure quantum internet that would provide researchers a common infrastructure to collaborate on quantum computing-related work.