NIST calls for insights on emerging technologies — GCN

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NIST calls for knowledge about new technologies

To ensure the US can take full advantage of new technologies, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is asking for contributions in eight areas to help it develop a strategy that will drive economic growth and competitiveness.

The information request entitled “Study to Advance a More Productive Tech Economy” is expected released in the federal register on November 22nd.

The eight technologies that NIST would like to comment on are: Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things in Manufacturing, Quantum Computing, Blockchain Technology, New and Advanced Materials, Unmanned Delivery Services (both air and ground), Internet of Things, and 3D Pressure.

For each technology, NIST wants information on the relevant marketplaces; Supply chains; legislative, political and normative requirements; and strategic public-private partnerships that would improve uptake.

NIST seeks to hear from industry and academia stakeholders, standards, advocacy and non-scientific communities, and the general public. It plans to study the state of the industry, assess the potential impact of the technologies on the country’s economy, review relevant rules and regulations, and help fuel US innovation and industrial competitiveness.

Respondents were asked to discuss which agencies might be responsible for the different emerging technology areas, what the federal government could do to encourage or improve the adoption of each technology, and help expand economic opportunities.

When it comes to applications of the emerging technologies, NIST is soliciting insights into the current and projected market landscape, risks and long-term trends in the market and supply chains, and insights into foreign capabilities in each emerging technology area.

Comments are due by January 31st.

About the author

Susan Miller is the Editor-in-Chief at GCN.

During his career in technical media, Miller has worked in editing, print production, and online, starting at the copy desk at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for Federal Computer Week, and later helping launch websites and email newsletters for FCW. After a turn at the Center for Innovative Technology in Virginia, where she worked on advancing technology-based economic development, she returned to 1105 Media in 2004, eventually directing content and production for all of the company’s government-related websites. Miller moved back to the editorial office in 2012 when she started working for GCN.

Miller holds a BA and MA from West Chester University and a Ph.D. work in English at the University of Delaware.

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