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Trump Administration slashes basic science research while boosting space, AI and quantum tech funding – TechCrunch

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The new fiscal year 2021 budget proposal from the Trump Administration would increase funding for research and development by $142 billion over the Administration’s previous year’s budget, but will still reduce overall spending for science and technology from alternative proposals coming from the U.S. House of Representatives. These include new money for research and development in industries developing new machine learning and quantum computing technologies. Artificial intelligence allocations across the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy’s Office of science, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Department of Defense’s Joint AI Center will reach a combined $1.724 billion — with portions of an additional $150 million allocation for the Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health going to AI research. Quantum information science is another area that’s set for a windfall of government dollars under the proposed Trump Administration Budget. […] In all, the new budget will add $3 billion to funding for NASA to develop things like human landers and other technologies to capitalize on the potential assets and strategic importance of space. […] The budget will double research and development spending for quantum information science and non-defense artificial intelligence by the 2022 fiscal year, according to a statement from the administration.