House passes bill creating national quantum computing program that can boost cybersecurity
Published on: April 30, 2019

By John Mckinnon 

Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich delivers a keynote address at CES 2018 in Las Vegas last January.

Congress on Wednesday approved a bill aimed at speeding U.S. development of quantum computing, an emerging technology with potentially revolutionary uses in cybersecurity and other areas.

The House passed the bill Wednesday evening, 348-11, following approval in the Senate last week. It is expected to be signed by President Trump, whose administration has made quantum computing a top priority.

‘Establishing a national quantum program is essential to maintaining our position as global leaders in science and technology.’Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Commerce Committee chairman

Quantum computing is one of the most important of a range of trendy technologies in which policy makers are seeking to accelerate U.S. efforts to stay ahead of ambitious global rivals, particularly China. China has been making strides in quantum computing research recently, according to experts, and is set to open a major quantum laboratory in 2020.

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