Welcome to the Elements of Artificial Intelligence free online course

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«The idea has a simple, Nordic ring to it: Start by teaching 1 percent of the country's population, or about 55,000 people, the basic concepts at the root of artificial technology, and gradually build on the number over the next few years.»

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«AI is going to have as big an impact on our society as electricity»

Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of board, Nokia

«For AI to be successful, not only do we have to develop it; we also must work on finding diverse ways of utilizing AI. And it’s not just up to the engineers, which is why it’s so great that the Elements of AI course is free for anyone to attend. At the same time it tests new ways of learning as you don’t need previous experience to get started»

Elina Lepomäki, Member of Parliament

«For businesses, Artificial Intelligence means a completely new era of probing. Companies that are willing to learn by experimenting are the ones making the most progress; and most likely the ones gaining the upper hand. Now is the perfect time to dive deep into the world of AI.»

Hanna Hagström, Director of AI Business, Reaktor

«The significance of artificial intelligence in society and our lives is constantly growing. In the coming decade, this evolution will change the realities of work for everyone, which makes it a priority to gain further knowledge related to artificial intelligence. First and foremost, artificial intelligence is a support system that helps us focus on our strengths. As a university, we perceive our role as being an engine for this technological and societal revolution.»

Jukka Kola, Rector, University of Helsinki

«Helsinki is going to lead the way in how cities can benefit from digitalisation, and we've already started training our personnel in for example AI. This free course is a great addition to the training resources available to us all.»

Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor of Helsinki

The goal of this course is to demystify AI

The elements of AI is a free online course for everyone interested in learning what AI is, what is possible (and not possible) with AI, and how it affects our lives – with no complicated math or programming required. By completing the course you can earn a LinkedIn certificate. People in Finland can also earn 2 ECTS credits through the Open University.

After taking the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand some of the major implications of AI
  • Think critically about AI news and claims 
  • Define and discuss what AI is
  • Explain the methods that make AI possible

The course is divided into 6 parts – we recommend going in the order below, but you can also jump straight to the sections that interest you most.

Part 1

What is AI?

Part 2

Solving problems with AI

Part 3

Real world AI

Part 4

Machine learning

Part 5

Neural networks

Part 6


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