Recently, President Trump signed into law the National Quantum Initiative Act, the bipartisan legislation (passed 348–11 in the House, unanimous in the Senate) to accelerate quantum research and development in the United States. We at Zapata Computing are incredibly proud to have been a part of the journey in the law’s passage through the efforts of the Quantum Industry Coalition (under the amazing leadership of Paul Stimer).
What’s clear from the swift passage of the National Quantum Initiative Act and its overwhelmingly bipartisan support: The US government has recognized the (A) scarcity of quantum information scientists, and (B) that quantum science will be a defining force in the next era of computing.
That’s why, of the $1.2 billion the law will allocate, we are particularly excited by its plans to develop a stronger workforce pipeline by:
[A] expanding the number of researchers, educators, and students with training in quantum information science and technology;
[B] promoting the development and inclusion of multidisciplinary curriculum and research opportunities for quantum information science at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral level;
[C] promoting the further development of facilities and centers available for quantum information science and technology research, testing and education
Quantum technology has the potential to hasten breakthroughs and enable the next generation of discoveries in chemistry, materials and artificial intelligence, as well as jumpstart entirely new industries. To date, the tech talent shortage in quantum science has arguably been the biggest bottleneck to the industry’s progress.
Efforts like these will be pivotal in developing a workforce pipeline — the best and brightest minds in quantum science who can transform the promise of quantum technology into reality.
— Christopher Savoie, CEO and cofounder of Zapata Computing