The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking input from the public by Jan. 31, 2022, about the public and private sector marketplace trends, supply chain risks, and legislative, policy and future investment needs of eight emerging technology areas. The topic areas are: artificial intelligence, Internet of Things in manufacturing, quantum computing, blockchain technology, new and advanced materials, unmanned delivery services, Internet of Things, and 3D printing.
The US Secretary of Commerce, in coordination with the Federal Trade Commission and other federal agencies, is directed to complete a study of and issue a report on eight emerging technology areas:
- Artificial Intelligence—on the state of the artificial intelligence industry and the impact of such industry on the United States economy,
- Internet of Things in Manufacturing—on the use of internet-connected devices and internet-connected solutions in manufacturing in the United States,
- Quantum Computing—on the state of the quantum computing industry and the impact of such industry on the United States economy,
- Blockchain Technology—on the state of the blockchain technology industry and the impact of such industry on the United States economy,
- New and Advanced Materials—on the state of the new and advanced materials industry, including synthetically derived materials or those with enhanced natural properties, and the impact of such industry on the United States economy,
- Unmanned Delivery Services (both air & ground)—on the impact of unmanned delivery services on businesses conducting interstate commerce and the impact of such industry on the United States economy, rules and regulations,
- Internet of Things—on the state of the internet-connected devices industry and the impact of such industry on the United States economy, and
- Three-dimensional Printing—on the state of the three-dimensional printing industry and the impact of such industry on the United States economy.
NIST invites stakeholders throughout the scientific research, standards, advocacy, industry, and non-scientific communities, including the general public, to provide input for creating a forward-thinking approach that supports emerging technology to foster economic growth and competitiveness across the Nation in ways that benefit all Americans. NIST will develop the report in a manner consistent with its mission to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness.
NIST has published a Request for Information in the Federal Register to collect input that will help identify, understand, refine and guide the development of the current and future state of technology in the eight emerging technology areas named above. The information will inform the “Study to Advance a More Productive Tech Economy” that was called for in the American Competitiveness of a More Productive Emerging Tech Economy (COMPETE) Act signed into law in 2020.