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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 721 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…
  • Pat Bowden completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    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!
  • 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
  • Anonymous

    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 spark is ignited by it's flavour and…
  • It's a fairly basic course. Yet it clears the concepts behind AI & Ml. Glad there are resources like these.
  • 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…
  • Shagun Sheladiya
    A wonderful course to learn about AI. You learn many things in the course. I completed the course in about 2 weeks. I found it interesting. I encourage others to do this course too.
  • CB Baguio completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    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

    Nisha Maheshwari completed this course.

    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 completed this course.

    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…
  • Ayechi Zie Christian completed this course.

    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.
  • Norbert Hoeller

    Norbert Hoeller completed this course.

    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.
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    Godwin Aikhomun completed this course.

    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
    A great online course, I can fully recommend it to anyone regardless of background or education - a basic level understanding of how AI works should be general knowledge these days. Well-put-together, clear and understandable, yet engaging enough even for my short attention span.

    My only complaint is that peer reviewing some of the written answers was awful - just because there was so many inappropriate answers that clicking through them was a pain. A naive bayes classifier would easily differentiate the majority of inappropriate answers from the appropriate ones ;)
  • Mel Victorio
    Elements of AI is an excellent online course taloired in an easy way to be understood even by a non-techie or non-IT person. It was fun to read and the exams are the ones we have encountered in university or in our daily lives. Really super worth it, go for it!!!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I think it was an interesting course and something I have been searching for. I already had some pre-knowledge about AI, but this course put it into a better context and made me think critical about certain aspects of AI. One example where I got m…
  • Anonymous
    The course was very good and helpful in improving my understanding of the topic and how to address computer vision classification. I found it some what difficult to improve the performance of the model on my own but this session will definitely help me in the future. And the program is well organized challenging and engaging. the hand holding in the first week is wonderful and has helped set me up for success and built My confidence around programming.
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    Aarez Qasim
    Excellent course for beginers like me who had different ideas about AI. Now after doing this course I am clear about what AI is.
  • Una de las cosas que más me gustó del curso fue la forma en que se presentaba la información. Los conceptos se presentaban de manera clara y concisa, y se utilizaban ejemplos concretos para ilustrarlos. Además, el curso incluía videos y tareas inter…

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