December 2019 is the right month for people from all over the world to access Elements of AI, the artificial intelligence course promoted by the University of Helsinki and the technology company Reaktor. And, although this course was already available since 2018, it was only available in Finland. You know, if you’re the Grinch of the holidays these days, you might want to take the time to learn about it.
So, the course is virtual and best of all, it is available in five languages: English, Estonian, Swedish, German and, of course, Finnish. Best of all, it’s completely free.
Finland seeks to promote work transformation and digital leadership
Because of Finland’ s resignation from the rotating presidency of the European Union, and in an act of empathy with the rest of the countries that belong to this political community. This country wanted to translate its course into the official languages of the European Union without any geographical restriction.
Through a press release from the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, they stated that:
“During 2020 – 2021, Finland will provide European citizens with free access to a successful online course. This Presidency initiative aims to respond to the challenges posed by the transformation of work and to strengthen the EU’s digital leadership.”
All about the free Artificial Intelligence course – this is something you don’t see every day!
If you have already decided and want to learn about AI you should know that the course has a duration of six weeks, with various topics that are evaluated at the end with short tests and some of them are:
- What is artificial intelligence?
- How does it work?
- What is machine learning all about?
- What are the implications for society?
According to the official Elements of AI website, so far there are more than 230,000 people (and not only in Finland), who are taking the course through its platform. However, many are still missing, as their goal is to educate at least 1 percent of European citizens in basic artificial intelligence concepts.
Finally, although the project is currently limited to the European Union, users around the world with knowledge of one of the five official languages can join the project. In addition, they plan to enable courses in other languages from spring 2020, so that more people will be able to benefit from it.
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