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Energy Department Launches Office of Critical and Emerging Technology

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Energy Department Launches Office of Critical and Emerging Technology

The Department of Energy has launched a new office that would oversee investments in advanced and emerging technologies.

The Office of Critical and Emerging Technology would oversee investments in artificial intelligence, quantum computing, semiconductors and other technologies, ensuring that acquisitions would help solve science, energy and security challenges while minimizing risks. It will also work with the private sector and academia on CET research, development and deployment.

The office will be led by Helena Fu, who most recently served as senior adviser to the undersecretary of science and innovation, the DOE said Tuesday.

The department has been zeroing in on emerging technologies since the start of 2023 while being aware of potential negative implications

In October, DOE Chief Information Officer Ann Dunkin said emerging technologies could transform operations within the department and at national laboratories. However, she added that along with the benefits, emerging technologies like AI present risks not yet fully understood by the federal government.

Despite risks, the department continues to dole out emerging tech investments.

In September, the DOE awarded a total of $22 million to 12 state programs focused on smart manufacturing under the State Manufacturing Leadership Program.

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