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Elements of AI

University of Helsinki and Reaktor Education 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



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  • 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 course...
  • Pat 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!
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    Prakirth 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 with...
  • Norbert H.

    Norbert 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 A.

    Godwin 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

    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 more...
  • Nisha M.

    Nisha 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 spark...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Took this course and really liked it. I found about it online and decided to take it, since thought that it would be an interesting experience. And I was right. Pros: This course is well structured. It is free. It has good illustrations, interesting...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really liked the way the course material was set up. It introduced me, as a stranger to the subject, in a humble way to and let involved me in the world of AI basics in a very nice way. The self-administered progress has also suited me well. As a full...
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    Joakim B.

    Joakim completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    This is a great beginner course to artificial intelligence because it offers interesting insights with a critical touch to it. As presented in the course, the topic is yet remarkably vague and most so-called "facts" are nothing but guesses and speculations....
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is a course for you who want to familiar youself with AI on a general level, to be able to more distinct understand the possibilities and limitations of this matter, and be able to critically understand medial picture. The design is fresh, with...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    First of all I'd like to say I've been very lucky to read an article about this course I had never heard about before. The Finnish initiative should really be praised and set an example to other EU members. About the course itself it's meant as a basic...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I just finished the course and here are some of my thoughts. As a humanities major and someone who always had a problem with numbers, this course was much harder than I expected -- in a good way though. If you're having a hard time, please take out a...
  • Frank completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Thank you for taking the initiative to build this innovative learning challenge. What I found helpful was, for example, links to articles and videos about various aspects related to artificial intelligence. There was a variety of exercises which helped...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course for me was too chatty meaning that the text was full of irrelevant sentences. Despite the fact that those sentences were on-topic, they were more like decorations rather than giving more in-depth information. In addition, there should have...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Having started to read some books on AI, like Superintelligence, I felt like this course was lacking some information. I also felt like there was part focus on information and part focus on math, but it didn't really flow togetehr as coherently as I would...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I'm currently a TESOL teacher. However, as AI is gradually invading our lives, it's inevitable for me not to learn to know it.

    I took this course according to a fellow teacher at my academy. He told me that nobody can explain everything to me and I should take an AI course. I can learn it bit by bit. He introduced this Helsinki's course to me. I started to register and learn it online. It was wonderful and helped me to understand something other experts said in an AI meeting. This is great course and suitable for everyone, especially non-technical or non-engineering staff members and ordinary people.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I liked the course Elements of AI. I follow it and completed it in few weeks, just to see what it offers. I'm Professor in the University and I was just curious to see how the course is presented and with which content. I found it pleasant and accessible and really up to date in its content.
    I have to focus on the format adopted for course pages and exercises, I would like to say the font, colors etc. it is really fun and motivating to continue the course to the end.
    I recommend this course to every one who is interested in knowing more about AI of today and near tomorrow.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Wow! The course was really enlightening. I really learnt a lot and even though i did not study Computer or AI courses in college, i was still able to catch up and flow along. By God's grace i made a 95% out of 100%. I'm so much happy for this. It was a beautiful experience. Spectrum forum also helped a lot. Thanks to everyone who has a hand in this. A very big thank you to Reaktor, University of Helsinki and the government of Finland for the opportunity and for making it free. I will be happy and willing to join in for the upcoming courses. Also, the links provided at the end of the course for continued learning are helpful. Thanks a lot.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    In my opinion this course is perfect.
    First because is very clearly written which is of paramount importance for people like me which mother tongue is not English, so we don’t get lost in lexical and grammatical complexity.
    Second because it avoid entering deeper in mathematical formulas and algorithms and programming language which will make it impossible to follow for some of us.
    Thence the course make a very good effort in teaching the general introduction of such a complex matter in only six chapters , which I think is a tremendous task.

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