Totally blatant work focused sales pitch material alert. But, c'mon, you've got to admit, this is pretty bl00dy awesome!!! The one below, not the one above.
IBM Q is an industry-first initiative to build commercially available universal quantum computers for business and science. While technologies like AI can find patterns buried in vast amounts of existing data, quantum computers will deliver solutions to important problems where patterns cannot be found and the number of possibilities that you need to explore to get to the answer are too enormous ever to be processed by classical computers. We invite you join us in exploring what might be possible with this new and vastly different approach to computing.
IBM Q has successfully built and tested two of its most powerful universal quantum computing processors. The first has 16 qubits and is for public use by developers, researchers, and programmers via the IBM Cloud at no cost. The second is the first prototype commercial processor. With 17 qubits, and incorporating materials, devices, and architecture innovations, this processor is the most powerful built by IBM to date. All of this sophisticated engineering makes it at least twice as powerful as the free version in the cloud.
I know, the cynic in you is asking, "yeah, sounds great. But, what can I actually DO with it?"
Good question. Check out some ways of applying it here: https://www.research.ibm.com/ibm-q/learn/quantum-computing-applications/
oh, and here is the MANUAL for writing code...yes, YOU can also write code and run it on this actual machine. for free. pause. think about that for a minute. now, go and read the manual and have some fun....
...and here's me "writing" my first app. There's a visual front-end, but you can manually write the QASM code too: