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US Quantum Companies Stepping up their game against challenges worldwide

October 29, 2020

The US is waking up to have strategically important Quantum Computing is to the whole economy. We increasingly see governmental interest in the sector which can only be great news for the entire industry.

US quantum innovators are developing new products to solve crises worldwide. Two questions are whether we know if the year’s crops can feed enough people or if airlines can adjust flight routes to avoid weather complications and prevent delays. Quantum computers can analyse data much faster than classical computers. They are already ready to change fields from science to aviation to finance. In August, the US government invested $1 billion into advanced research, including quantum computers and AI. Some American companies are already developing computers capable of these tasks.

Honeywell and IonQ, a startup based in College Park, Maryland, both had some recent breakthroughs in the field. Their quantum computers can process data at the scale of electrons and photons, elementary particles. According to the Associated Press, they are faster than classical supercomputers.

By pointing lasers at individual atoms, IonQ’s quantum computers perform complex calculations. Google, IBM, and Rigetti Computing are among other companies with horses in this quantum race. Intel and Microsoft are investing in the education sector, bringing access to quantum computers allowing students to learn how to use them, with initiatives like the National Q-12 Education Partnership.

The experts still say this technology must be further improved.

$625 million was invested in quantum information science (QIS) centres across the US on August 26. The private sector and academia are also adding $300 million to the White House’s funds.

‘Importantly, these institutes are a manifestation of the uniquely American free-market approach to technological advancement. Each institute brings together the federal government, industry and academia, positioning us to leverage the full power and expertise of the United States innovation ecosystem.’

Michael Kratsios, the U.S. chief technology officer, and Chris Liddell, the assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for policy coordination at the White House

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