"A computing system composed of just five qubits, which is what IBM built, would not be able to replace current personal computers. However, the IBM Quantum Experience will allow students, hobbyists and even serious researchers to experiment with algorithms that are radically different from the ones now used for everything from word processing to speech recognition.IBM Wants Everyone to Try a Quantum Computer - The New York Times
“It’s meant to be educational, but also to be the beginnings of a larger framework,” said Jerry M. Chow, manager of the Experimental Quantum Computing Group at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, in Yorktown Heights, N.Y."
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IBM Wants Everyone to Try a Quantum Computer - The New York Times
Final paragraph: "The IBM simulator is not the first quantum computing simulator available online. For example, in 2014 Google engineers made available the Quantum Computing Playground that allows online users to play with a simulated quantum computer with between six and 22 qubits."