Welcome to the Elements of AI free online course!
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.
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.
Part 2, coming in 2019
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 electricityRisto 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.
Over 170,000 students have signed up for the Elements of AI course.
The course has spread worldwide, with graduating students from over 110 countries.
About 40 % of course participants are women, more than double the average for computer science courses.
Frequently asked questions
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.
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.