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Jan 28 -- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is extending the period for submitting comments relating to the Study to Advance a More Productive Tech Economy to February 15, 2022. In a Request for Information (RFI) that published in the Federal Register on November 22, 2021. NIST requested information about the public and private sector marketplace trends, supply chain risks, legislative, policy, and the future investment needs of eight emerging technology areas, including: Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things in Manufacturing, Quantum Computing, Blockchain Technology, New and Advanced Materials, Unmanned Delivery Services, Internet of Things, and Three-dimensional Printing. This RFI is seeking comments to 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 a final report that will be submitted to Congress. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/01/28/2022-01528/study-to-advance-a-more-productive-tech-economy
 
Nov 22 -- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce, is seeking information about the public and private sector marketplace trends, supply chain risks, legislative, policy, and the future investment needs of eight emerging technology areas, including: Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things in Manufacturing, Quantum Computing, Blockchain Technology, New and Advanced Materials, Unmanned Delivery Services, Internet of Things, and Three-dimensional Printing. This Request for Information (RFI) is seeking comments to 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 a final report that will be submitted to Congress. in response to this notice must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on January 31, 2022.  
 
Under DIVISION FF, Title XV, § 1501 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. 116-260), the 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.

The following list of topics covers the major areas about which NIST seeks information. The listed areas are not intended to limit the topics that may be addressed by respondents so long as they address the current and future issues within one or more emerging technology areas. For each emerging technology area, NIST seeks information related to: The relevant marketplaces; supply chains; legislative, policy and standards needs; and strategic public-private partnerships to enhance adoption:

Technology Development-- NIST seeks:
To gain greater awareness of the federal agencies that have jurisdiction over the emerging technology area, or with which industry interacts on issues related to the emerging technology areas.
Information on what the federal government could do to foster or enhance the adoption of technology or help expand economic opportunities within the emerging technology areas.
To better understand the current and future needs, as well as risks, for standards development in the emerging technology areas.
Information on existing standards forums in the emerging technology areas.
To better understand the needs of industry in future public-private investment partnerships to foster innovation in the emerging technology areas.
Information on how existing legislation and/or regulations may help or hinder the maturation of the emerging technology areas in the marketplace, and any areas where new legislation and/or regulations are needed to advance the emerging technology areas in the marketplace.
 
Technology Applications & Utilization -- NIST seeks:
To gain greater awareness of industry's utilization of the emerging technology areas.
Information on strengthening regional innovation centers across the United States.
Information regarding the current marketplace landscape and projected changes to the marketplace with the adoption of the emerging technology areas.
Information on risks and long-term trends in the marketplace for the emerging technology areas.
Information on risks and long-term trends in supply chains within the emerging technology areas.
Information about how organizations identify and assess risks posed to supply chains within the emerging technology areas.
Information regarding foreign capability and capacity within the emerging technology areas.   
  
FR notice requesting information: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/11/22/2021-25428/study-to-advance-a-more-productive-tech-economy

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