President Biden is set to sign an executive order and a national security brief on Wednesday to enhance quantum information science and put the US in a position to “leapfrog” ahead of enemies and reduce the risks that the coming technology poses to national and economic security.
The United States has “long been a global leader” in the creation of new technologies, including quantum, a broad field of science and engineering, according to a senior administration official.
Quantum technologies aren’t meant to be a replacement for existing computers; rather, they’re a “fundamentally different kind of computer” that can analyze data in ways that ordinary computers can’t.
Officials claim that quantum technologies have the potential to drive innovation in the American economy.
“The goal of both the executive order and the National Strategy Memorandum is to ensure that we leapfrog well ahead of everyone else, both by promoting quantum information science and the potential benefits it can bring from energy to medicine, in various areas of the economy, as well as to begin what will likely be a decade-long transition to protect our systems from an adversary with a potential quantum computer,” a senior administration officer said.