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NIST calls for insights on emerging technologies

To ensure the U.S. can take full advantage of emerging technologies, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is asking input in eight areas so it can craft a strategy that fosters economic growth and competitiveness.

The request for information, titled “Study to Advance a More Productive Tech Economy,” is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Nov. 22. 

The eight technologies NIST wants comments 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 printing. 

For each technology, NIST wants information related to the relevant marketplaces; supply chains; legislative, policy and standards needs; and strategic public-private partnerships that would enhance adoption.

NIST wants to hear from stakeholders in industry as well as from the scientific, standards, advocacy, and non-scientific communities, as well as the general public. It plans to survey the state of the industry, assess the technologies’ potential impact on the nation’s economy, review relevant rules and regulations and help promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness.

Respondents should discuss what agencies might that have jurisdiction over the various emerging technology areas, what the federal government could do to foster or enhance the adoption of each technology and help expand economic opportunities. 

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

Comments are due Jan. 31.

About the Author

Susan Miller is executive editor at GCN.

Over a career spent in tech media, Miller has worked in editorial, print production and online, starting on the copy desk at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for Federal Computer Week and later helping launch websites and email newsletter delivery for FCW. After a turn at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she rejoined what was to become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing content and production for all the company's government-focused websites. Miller shifted back to editorial in 2012, when she began working with GCN.

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

Connect with Susan at [email protected] or @sjaymiller.

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