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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




4.8 rating, based on 710 Class Central reviews

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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 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!
  • 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 spark...
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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 with...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 ;)
  • Jairaj B. Jatar completed this course.

    I wanted to resolve cases from my industry. Handling of issues from my business sector will give me a firm learning of the concepts and utility. Of course, the existing cases in the course are useful to have but you could add a module where I could pose my business case and the course leaders could guide me through the solution. Other than this I found the course was complete for me. Regards,
  • 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

    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

    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 Bredberg

    Joakim Bredberg 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
    We are fortunate enough to get this course for free of cost. Written in such an easy language that anyone can understand it yet so powerful that we can live how AI came into existence. Best course for anyone who wants to learn about AI, highly recommend.
  • 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...
  • Anonymous
    The course is simple and informative, but it provides learners with strong backgrounds of AI. Even though my major does not directly involve computer science and AI, the course enables me to complete it happily. I think everyone should take this fundamental course so that they can get along with such change. In a very near future, AI will invade our lives and we all have to adjust ourselves to live with it. After its impact becomes obvious, it may be too late to learn its fundamentals. As a result, I really encourage everybody to take this course.

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