Cummings candidate for UK ARPA drops out, setting back agency: Source

  • The UK’s plan to create a $1 billion blue-skies innovation agency has been set back after the government’s top candidate to run it dropped out.
  • Renowned Australian computer scientist Michael Nielsen had been lined up to run the agency but dropped out in July or August, one source told Business Insider. Nielsen did not respond to requests for comment.
  • Nielsen, based in San Francisco, felt he would not have enough freedom to run the agency as he wished, the source said.
  • A government spokesman said: “The government continues to progress plans to establish the agency as soon as possible.”
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The UK’s efforts to establish a new $1 billion moonshots agency for cutting-edge research have been set back after the top candidate to lead it dropped out of the running.

Renowned Australian quantum physicist and programmer Michael Nielsen was the favored candidate, a source

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