What I Learned This Week

A massive global race is underway to achieve "exascale" and quantum computing supremacy—a potential winner takes all battle with huge implications.

This battle for global dominance is not being fought on a battlefield, nor at the WTO, nor in Brussels, nor in Washington D.C. Rather, it is being waged in laboratories in Santa Barbara, Oxford, Moscow, Zurich, and Hefei, China. The race may be even more intense than the battle for leadership in AI—and the U.S. is at risk of falling behind. Over 30 firms and all major nations have quantum programs.Historically, the U.S. has led the quantum race—investing about $200 million per year—but the main focus has been on atomic clocks and navigation technologies. Recently, the Department of Energy said it would award an additional $258 million toward producing an exascale supercomputer that would…

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