White House Earmarks New Money for AI and Quantum Computing

White House officials have proposed boosting federal funding for developing artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing, which defense officials believe will be critical to future national security. The plan would raise funding for AI research at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency from $50 million to $249 million, and at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from about $500 million to $850 million. The Trump administration also pledged to double funding for non-Defense Department AI and quantum computing research by 2022. The NSF plans to use $50 million of the new funding to train AI experts, while the Department of Energy hopes to use $25 million to build a national “quantum Internet” connecting its 17 research laboratories.

More info here: The New York Times, Cade Metz

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