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Welcome to the Elements of AI free online course!

Join over 170,000 other people learning about the basics of AI.

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Are you wondering how AI might affect your job or your life?
Do you want to learn more about what AI really means — and how it’s created?
Do you want to understand how AI will develop and affect us in the coming years?

Our goal is to demystify AI

The Elements of AI is a series of free online courses created by Reaktor and the University of Helsinki. We want to encourage as broad a group of people as possible to learn what AI is, what can (and can’t) be done with AI, and how to start creating AI methods. The courses combine theory with practical exercises and can be completed at your own pace.

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Part 1

Introduction to AI

An Introduction to 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.

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Part 2, coming in 2019

Building AI

Building AI is a free online course where you’ll learn more about the actual algorithms that make creating AI methods possible. Some basic Python programming skills are recommended to get the most out of the course.

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— 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.
Elina Lepomäki , Member of Parliament
— 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.
Politico , Finlands grand AI experiment →
— AI is going to have as big an impact on our society as electricity
Risto Siilasmaa , Chairman of board, Nokia

Our story so far

In spring 2018, Reaktor and the University of Helsinki came together with the aim of helping people to be empowered, not threatened, by artificial intelligence. Together, they built the Elements of AI to teach the basics of AI to people from a wide range of backgrounds.

170,000 students

Over 170,000 students have signed up for the Elements of AI course.

110 countries

The course has spread worldwide, with graduating students from over 110 countries.

40% women

About 40 % of course participants are women, more than double the average for computer science courses.

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Partners

FCAI

The University of Helsinki and Aalto University have joined forces in AI research by establishing the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI). FCAI works towards the next generation of AI that is interactive, dependable and data-efficient.

AI Innovation of Sweden

AI Innovation of Sweden is driving the Swedish ecosystem of AI and working towards making Sweden one of the leading AI countries. They brought the course to Sweden together with Linköping University.

Linköping University

In close collaboration with the business world and society, Linköping University (LiU) conducts world-leading, boundarycrossing research in fields including materials science, IT and hearing. They brought Elements of AI to Sweden together with AI Innovation of Sweden.