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Ethics of AI

University of Helsinki via Independent


Welcome to the Ethics of AI!

The Ethics of AI is a free online course created by the University of Helsinki. The course is for anyone who is interested in the ethical aspects of AI – we want to encourage people to learn what AI ethics means, what can and can’t be done to develop AI in an ethically sustainable way, and how to start thinking about AI from an ethical point of view.

In this course you'll...

  • Discover why AI raises concerns about its ethically acceptable use and development.
  • Become familiar with the ethical questions and concepts related to contemporary AI.
  • Learn how to combine ethical concepts and theories with AI by doing practical exercises.

AI is becoming ever more relevant

Artificial intelligence is already a part of our daily lives. When we post pictures to social media, search online or ask questions from chatbots, we’re interacting with AI. Authorities, such as cities, rely on AI for providing public services. And governments are seeking solutions to global problems by using algorithmically produced knowledge. The goal of this course is to help you to develop your own skills for ethical thinking. You can complete the course at your own pace.


Chapter 1: Introduction

What is AI ethics?

Chapter 2: Non-maleficence

What should we do?

Chapter 3: Accountability

Who should be blamed?

Chapter 4: Transparency

Should we know how AI works?

Chapter 5: Human rights

Should AI respect and promote rights?

Chapter 6: Fairness

Should AI be fair and non-discriminative?

Chapter 7: AI ethics in practice

How might AI ethics develop?

Taught by

Anna-Mari Rusanen, Jukka K. Nurminen, Santeri Raisanen, Sasu Tarkoma, Saara Halmetoja


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