Quantum computers can harness the powers of quantum mechanics to transcend current computational boundaries and solve certain problems better, faster, and more efficiently than classical computers. Companies are already using these systems to address optimization challenges in a variety of areas, including healthcare, defense, the environment, and transportation. Leadership in this technology is therefore of strategic importance to a country’s economy and national security. Several countries, including China, the United Kingdom, as well as the EU, have announced large research programs to advance their respective positions in the field—and many are aiming to become leaders in this technology. As such, the United States’ leadership is far from guaranteed.
The Center for Data Innovation hosted a discussion about a new report exploring what steps Congress and federal agencies can take to support quantum computing in the United States.
- Allison Schwartz, Global Government Relations and Public Affairs Lead, D-Wave
- Celia Merzbacher, Executive Director, Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C)
- Rima Kasia Oueid, Commercialization Executive, Office of Technology Transitions, U.S. Department of Energy
- Christopher Savoie, CEO & Co-Founder, Zapata Computing
- Hodan Omaar, Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation (moderator)