Unlike the villain in the movie The Gray Man who sports a “trash-‘stache,” Senator Todd Young of Indiana is totally clean-shaven. Senator Young is the long-time champion of a bill that just passed Congress that will be a game-changer in the American manufacturing of technology. He is the hero of the United States Innovation and Competition Act, which morphed into the “chips and science” bill, that just passed both chambers of Congress with bipartisan support. As we reported more than one year ago, this important legislation will not only allow the United States to manufacture its own computer chips (rather than relying on China’s manufacturing) that allows modern-day-living to be modern for cars, phones, and fridges, it will be an incredible new burst of research and STEM-focused education on emerging technologies for all industries. For the still-trying-to-modernize health care industry, this is a game-changer. It means whole teams of our smartest science, engineering and technology nerds will be dedicated to learning how technology can help drive innovation in health care — including artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation, robotics, biotech, medical technology, genomics, synthetic biology, data storage and management, and cybersecurity — all of which are listed in the official “initial list of key technology focus areas” in the bill. There is no way that Senator Young, who got very little recognition for spearheading legislation (that was first and more appropriately called the “Endless Frontier Act”) thought that yesterday was just another Thursday.
July 29, 2022 | 2 min read
July 29, 2022
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