Trump Administration proposes large increases in AI and quantum computing R&D spending

The Los Alamos National Lab, a likely recipient of quantum computing research funding. (BYU)

The White House wants to double current AI and quantum R&D spending by 2022.

The goal is highlighted in the Trump Administration's $4.8 trillion budget proposal for 2021, which already earmarks large increases to both technologies.

"If we don't, others will do it," said Paul Dabbar, the Energy Department's undersecretary for science, in a press call on February 10, the same day the budget proposal was released.

For 2021, Trump has requested an increase in AI funding to a wide array of departments and agencies, from Energy and Agriculture to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

The proposal also earmarks a five-fold increase to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s AI research budget, totalling $249 million.

Quantum computing was also tapped for a large increase in funding. The proposal highlighted the White House's desire to build a "quantum internet" for secure communication.

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