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Lawmakers introduce bill to bolster artificial intelligence, quantum computing (via Qpute.com)

Key senators on Tuesday introduced a bill to bolster U.S. investments in artificial intelligence, quantum computing and next-generation wireless technology, an effort to ease the country’s transition into the “industries of the future.” 

The legislation, from bipartisan members of the Senate Commerce Committee including Chairman Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerEnes Kanter sees political stardom — after NBA and WWE Hillicon Valley: House panel unveils draft of privacy bill | Senate committee approves bill to sanction Russia | Dems ask HUD to review use of facial recognition | Uber settles sexual harassment charges for .4M Key House committee offers online privacy bill draft MORE (R-Miss.), comes amid a larger push from the White House and presidential adviser Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpHillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Facebook deepfake ban falls short | House passes bills to win 5G race | Feds sound alarm on cyberthreat from Iran | Ivanka Trump appearance at tech show sparks backlash Ivanka Trump’s talk at tech conference ignites backlash Trump Jr., Ivanka garner support in hypothetical 2024 poll MORE to invest more government resources in emerging technologies like quantum and artificial intelligence, which are set to reshape how the country works and interacts. 

The Industries of the Future Bill would increase government spending on so-called “industries of the future,” like advanced manufacturing, to $10 billion by 2025. It would also require the Trump administration to draw up a report on the federal government’s current efforts to fund research and development in those areas.

“Our investments in research, development, and innovation have made the United States a global leader in science and technology,” Wicker said in a statement. “This legislation would support and promote the advancement of next generation technologies that will drive Industries of the Future.”

It is co-sponsored by Sens. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerGeorge Conway group releases ad targeting GOP senator: ‘You’re just another Trump servant’ Drug price outrage threatens to be liability for GOP The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Pelosi says impeachment articles coming ‘soon’ as pressure builds MORE (R-Colo.), Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinTrump’s China deal is a gift to Wall Street and Beijing Stock buybacks point AT&T in the wrong direction Democratic senators tweet photos of pile of House-passed bills ‘dead on Mitch McConnell’s desk’ MORE, (D-Wis.), and Sen. Gary PetersGary Charles PetersHillicon Valley: Barr asks Apple to unlock Pensacola shooter’s phone | Tech industry rallies behind Google in Supreme Court fight | Congress struggles to set rules for cyber warfare with Iran | Blog site Boing Boing hacked Congress struggles on rules for cyber warfare with Iran The Hill’s Campaign Report: Deadline day for Dems to make January debate MORE (D-Mich.). 

The White House has pushed an agenda of American “dominance” in the industries of the future, arguing that the U.S. workforce should be prepared to take the lead as the job market becomes more technologically advanced and China speeds ahead in an ongoing technological race. President TrumpDonald John Trump Democratic challenger on Van Drew’s party switch: ‘He betrayed our community’ Rand Paul pledges to force Hunter Biden vote if GOP backs Dem impeachment witnesses Trump plans to divert .2 billion from Pentagon for border wall construction: report MORE has formed a Select Committee on AI to coordinate research and development efforts around the emerging technology across the government, and signed into law the National Quantum Initiative Act, which calls for a federal approach to quantum computing.

Just last week, Ivanka Trump spoke at a major technology conference in Las Vegas about dominating the “industries of the future.” 

And a group of tech executives gathered at the White House in 2018 to talk artificial intelligence, 5G wireless, quantum computing and advanced manufacturing, a meeting that senior administration officials referred to as a “listening tour.”

“As technology continues to evolve, bringing new opportunities and challenges along with it, it’s critical the United States plan ahead for the Industries of the Future,” Gardner said on Tuesday. “This bill will help America prepare for new innovations and technologies that will change the world and increase the quality of life for people everywhere. I’m proud to be part of this bipartisan legislation to help ensure we remain a global leader in technology.”

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