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Elements of AI

University of Helsinki and MinnaLearn via Independent


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. The course is available from May 14, 2018.

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



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




4.8 rating, based on 793 Class Central reviews

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  • The Elements of AI is an exceptional online course that provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of artificial intelligence. The course is created by the University of Helsinki and Reaktor, and it is available for free to anyone who wants…
  • "Elements of AI" is an exceptional course that provides an insightful journey into the fundamentals of artificial intelligence. With its engaging content and accessible approach, this course caters to both beginners and enthusiasts alike. The course…
  • The overall and weekly course objectives were stated clearly, much more clearly than many other courses I have explored.

    The course had lots of reading, including extra links to other pages. There were no videos. Each chapter’s material consisted of three pages, but they were long pages full of comprehensive information. It was an excellent introduction to just what AI is and the implications in today's society of the many applications of AI both now and into the future. The assessments were unforgiving, with only one attempt available for most questions. I made basic mistakes in some answers but managed to pass the course quite comfortably.

    I found the course surprisingly interesting!
  • The "Elements of AI" course offered by the University of Helsinki is a commendable initiative to demystify AI for a broad audience. It's a free, online educational experience that doesn't require a background in mathematics or programming, making it accessible to everyone interested in understanding AI and its implications. The course is well-structured, with practical exercises that enhance learning, and it offers a certificate upon completion. It's an excellent starting point for anyone looking to get acquainted with AI.
  • Anonymous
    I undertook this course by chance, but now I can really treasure how much I have learnt into the world of AI, even though it was very basic and preliminary! It's just the beginning of a long journey, but once our spark is ignited by it's flavour and…
  • This course offers thorough learning, captivating you from start to finish. Its engaging content builds momentum, making it hard to pause midway. Gratitude to the creators for crafting such exceptional content. Particularly beneficial for those keen on understanding the logics and elements behind AI.
  • this is one of the most well-organized, enjoyable, and interesting courses I have ever came across. I had so much fun reading and doing the exercises and I learned so much from it
  • It's a fairly basic course. Yet it clears the concepts behind AI & Ml. Glad there are resources like these.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course.
    The content is very interesting and the format to deliver it is great.
    The material of the course is available in a very neat written format and there are interactive exercises embedded.
    The cherry on the top is that the certificate is free.
    Thanks University of Helsinki for allowing us to access such quality content for free.
  • This was a good introduction to AI for those of use who are not steeped in the world of computers. Demystifying it and also clarifying key concepts surrounding AI were, in my opinion, accomplished by this course. After taking it, it whetted my appetite for other branches related to this like Machine Learning.
    Overall, it's easy to grasp and easy to follow and also easy to finish. I finished it in 3 weeks or less even with normal commitments.
  • Nisha Maheshwari
    Anonymous completed this course. I undertook this course by chance, but now I can really treasure how much I have learnt into the world of AI, even though it was very basic and preliminary! It's just the beginning of a long journey, but once our spa…
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    Prakirth Govardhanam
    On my quest to understand and explore the world of data-science, I found the course, Elements of AI, in a Medium post about top 20 courses for data-science beginners. I started right away. I found the lessons to be exclusively written for beginners…
  • Anonymous
    This course provides insight into the background of Ai in general and takes you into the development and thinking of its origins. I was able to complete the course without having an IT background. He offers much more than reading a few articles abou…
  • Shubham
    The course on elements of AI provided a comprehensive and informative overview of the field. The content was well-structured and easy to follow, making it accessible to beginners like myself. The course covered a wide range of topics, including mach…
  • I already had notions about AI since I am studying artificial intelligence. This course allowed me to have a wider field of vision on what AI is.
  • Anonymous
    Erinomaisen kiinnostavasti toteutettu kurssiaineisto, jonka rakenne on selkeä. Aineisto antaa erittäin hyvän käsityksen tekoälystä.

    Aineistossa on kerrottu tekoälyn lyhyt historia, keskeiset termit sekä teoriaa ja käytännön sovelluksia riittävästi ja monipuolisesti, mutta ei uuvuttavan paljon.

    Harjoitustehtävät pysäyttävät asian äärelle ja pistävät vanhemmatkin aivot raksuttamaan innostuneesti.

    Aineistoa voi lukea omaan tahtiin ja sähköpostiin tulee viesti, jos lukukertojen välillä on uhkaavan pitkä tauko.

    Etusivulla on kannustavasti näkyvissä edistyminen, paljonko tehtäviä on suoritettu ja mikä on ollut onnistumisprosentti.

    Erinomaista ja hyödyllistä ajanvietettä!
  • Norbert Hoeller
    The course covered the basics with lots of exercises. Many of the exercises were designed to evaluate how well the student understood the concepts, rather than whether the student had just read the material. I particularly liked how the course demystified AI by linking it to past concepts and theories. New ideas are often presented out of context (both in terms of related ideas and how the concepts are used) which makes understanding them and their relevance more difficult.

    I look forward to additional courses in the series.
  • Anonymous
    As an elementary course it was outstanding. Positive and encouraging it encourages students' courage and curiosity for a new science. The text was clear and easy to understand even for a student not familiar with computer sciences. The tasks at the end of each chapter highlighted the essentials of the preceeding text which, at least for me, was very helpful. And fortunately, you could take the course without having to be able to code.

    Now that I have taken the course I feel like wanting to read the texts once more as I have got an overall idea about what AI is all about. And I want to continue studying AI, thanks for this elementary course.
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    Godwin Aikhomun
    I like the kind of awareness this course provides, helping everyone from different works of life to see how they can relate in the fields of AI. One of the most simple, non-boring, good material content, captivating free online certification course ever. Thought at first I will not have enough time to take the course because of my kind of schedule but when I started, just with my mobile phone, I couldn't let the course down. The most exciting part was wanting to see what your peers think about your review and waiting for your certificate.
  • Anonymous
    Complete and concise. Easy to follow. Very good as an introduction to AI. Basic concepts and tools are described in the different chapters. You can measure your understanding and your progress by solving the proposed excercises. Good tool for the knowledge of AI. Mathematical concepts are explained at a basic level to make them understandable to non specialists. Aslo daily life examples help you to understand technical issues that otherwise would be more difficult. After six weeks one has enough knowledge about the subject and one feels driven to try more advanced courses abou AI

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