As a Christmas present to the world, Finland is making its online crash course in artificial intelligence available to everyone for free.
The Nordic nation launched the 6-week “Elements of AI” course last year as a means of educating their citizens on the revolutionary new technology.
Since Finland will be passing on its rotating EU presidency to another member state at the end of the year, the country decided to graciously celebrate the occasion by translating the course materials into English, Swedish, Estonian, and German—as well as Finnish—and making it available for EU citizens to take (although there are no geographical limitations on who can take the course).
The course, which has thus far been taken by more than 220,000 students from about 110 countries, has become the most popular course offered by the University of Helsinki. It consists of seven modules, each of which takes about 5 to 10 hours to complete.
The university hopes to provide the course to at least 5 million EU citizens by the end of 2021 “to prove that AI should not be left in the hands of a few elite coders.”
The university and educational platform offering the course also plan to translate the materials into the remaining 20 EU languages over the course of the next two years.
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