Free Online AI Basics Course from Finland: Elements of AI

UPDATE Dec 16, 2019: Finland has decided to share its AI online course “Elements of AI” with the all EU citizens for free, thus marking the end of presidency of the EU Council. The goal of the online artificial intelligence course is to educate at least 1% of EU citizens by 2021. Elements of AI will be available in all EU languages (although it is free for anyone in the world).

This unique possibility could hold the answer to the question of developing people’s skills for the jobs of the future and help avoid the dreaded ‘job-pocalypse’ (massive job losses that will hit much of the workforce because of the wide-spreading of automation).

Scientia potentia est. Knowledge is power.

Professor Teemu Roos (FCAI, University of Helsinki)

Elements of AI is a breakthrough online course on the basics of artificial intelligence, part of the ambitious plan to turn Finland into an international AI authority. The course has more than 130,000 people registered. The course is available in English of Finnish.

“We can reasonably say that this is the most popular course in Finland”, says lead instructor Teemu Roos, Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Helsinki.

Elements of AI languages:

At the moment, the course is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Swedish
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • German

All other official EU languages be added starting the spring of 2020.

Sign up for the free course:

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Teemu Roos, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki, tel. +358 44 523 1238, teemu.roos(at)