My first thoughts on seeing the announcement in BBC news was about the thread "is quantum computing real". guess that question is answered now.gleem said:
IBM has developed a quantum computer called the IBM Q System One, which is currently the most powerful quantum computer publicly available. They are inviting scientists, researchers, and developers to use this machine to explore the potential of quantum computing and develop new applications.
The invitation is open to anyone who is interested in quantum computing and has a project that can benefit from using the IBM Q System One. This includes scientists, researchers, developers, and students.
To apply, you can visit IBM's website and fill out the application form. This form will ask for information about your project, your background in quantum computing, and your goals for using the quantum computer. IBM will review your application and inform you if you have been selected.
To use the IBM Q System One, you will need a basic understanding of quantum computing and access to a programming language like Qiskit. You will also need to submit a proposal outlining your project and how it can benefit from using the quantum computer.
Currently, there is no cost to use the IBM Q System One. However, there may be costs associated with running your experiments on the quantum computer, such as data storage fees. IBM also offers a premium subscription service for those who require more computing power and support.