The United States Is Already Playing Catch Up With Digital Twins

November 9, 2023

Digital twins are digital models of physical objects, locations, and even living organisms. Experts in urban planninghealthcareproduct development, and education use the models to accurately recreate and simulate how these physical objects operate in their natural environments.

Governments across the globe are pursuing the potential benefits of using digital twins by launching national or regional digital twin strategies, and some have already kickstarted their production process. The United States, however, has had a lackluster response to the emergence of this technology, currently lacking any comprehensive roadmap for adoption, which translates into a low adoption rate at the federal level. The federal government should prioritize using digital twins in upcoming infrastructure projects and work with state and local governments to incentivize them to create digital twins of their territories.