A lot of companies are concerned about the talent pool. The pressure is not as bad in quantum as it is in the AI field at the moment, but it is tough. The reality is, many of them are foreigners, so there’s a whole immigration issue, and where you get your talent, and most of the companies, even the small ones, the startups, they’re already looking and saying, “If I’m going to be successful, I have to be international.” So, they’re opening offices abroad. So, there’s the internationalization. Some part of that internationalization is sometimes that, “Yes, I want this specific aspect of quantum information. It’s great to open up an office there because of a great talent pool nearby.” All this comes up in talking with companies.
In fact, what I want to do with the companies is, what are the common issues that need to be solved, overall, to ensure the quantum economy grows? What can I do with you and three or four of your competitors together that will raise the boat, because I believe the big high-tech companies are going to compete against each other royally and robustly, and everything else.
What’s important is that we create the ecosystem necessary for them to succeed. That means having a good supply chain, being sure that we’re doing technology protection in a manner that both protects them and allows them to compete globally. It’s looking at all the big issues that evolved, and on the technology-protection piece, how we do technology protection today has evolved from the time of World War II. It’s not been relooked at. This is a great time to relook at how we do it because, again, every company wants to protect its intellectual property, and yet, they need to have a global supply chain and offices in many places and locations. It has to be an international effort, not just a one-country effort.