U.S. Innovation & Competition Act
The Endless Frontier Act (EFA), now part of the U.S. Innovation & Competition Act, is a visionary bill that seeks to increase investment in the discovery, creation, and commercialization of the most important emerging technologies in order to preserve America’s global leadership well into the 21st century. The bill rightly identifies as priorities key technology focus areas like artificial intelligence, robotics, and advanced communications, among others. But these technologies must not be thought of as separate and independent. The technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are interconnected—and the U.S. approach to research and development should reflect and foster that symbiosis.
UPDATE: The number one legislative priority for the XR industry this Congress is the inclusion of immersive technology among the key focus areas of the Endless Frontier Act. We applaud Senator Blunt for recognizing the central role immersive technology will play in the integrated technology ecosystem of the 21st century, and the importance of U.S. leadership in its continued development. We also congratulate Chair Cantwell and Ranking Member Wicker on a successful markup of this important piece of legislation.