Want to run apps on IBM’s quantum cloud? Don’t hold your breath

IBM has unveiled a plan to provide access to its five-qubit quantum processor through the cloud as a way to allow “students, researchers, and general science enthusiasts hands-on access to IBM’s experimental cloud-enabled quantum computing platform.”

But don’t expect to use the IBM Quantum Experience as a development platform for serious applications anytime soon. IBM appears to be delivering the service mostly as a proof of concept — a way to signal its intentions to competitors and get developers used to the idea of what could, one day, be quantum-computing-as-a-service.

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