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PCAST Recommendations on Semiconductor Innovation

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report on  Ensuring Long-term U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors. In the report, PCAST “recommend[s] that U.S. policymakers carefully select ambitious challenges, which we call ‘moonshots,’ as focal points for industry, government, and academic efforts to drive computing and semiconductor innovation forward together.”

The PCAST report provides four examples of moonshots that they recommend should be pursued in the near future. These align well with some of UT Knoxville’s strengths and provide great fodder for imagining what the next multidisciplinary center could be.

They include:

  • Bioelectronics for sensory replacement and implantable neuro-stimulation for control of chronic conditions
  • High-speed threat detection network
  • Distributed electric grid
  • Global weather forecasting (fidelity of 1km)

Read a summary of PCAST’s report or download the full report and working group list.