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While artificial intelligence is widely used across industries and businesses, not all people understand its implications. This is what Sanna Marin of Finland will address as the country continues to offer a crash course about AI. The crash course named “The Elements of AI” has been phenomenally successful since it was launched in 2018. It was even considered the most popular course ever offered by the University of Helsinki.
Teemu Roos, a University of Helsinki associate professor in the department of computer science, stated that the crash course has been participated in by more than 220,000 students from over 110 countries across the world. Of these students, a quarter is aged 45 and over, while over 40% are women. It aims to help EU citizens cope with society's ever-increasing digitalization and the possibilities AI offers in the job market.
The good thing about the course is that it covers elementary AI concepts in a practical way and doesn't go into deeper concepts like coding. "We have enormous potential in Europe but what we lack is investments into AI," Roos said.
According to Tech Xplore, an online site that covers the latest engineering, electronics and technology advances, the Finnish government has opted to give a practical understanding of AI to 1% of EU citizens by the end of 2021. The crash course was made possible with the help of the University of Helsinki and the Finland-based tech consultancy Reaktor.
Megan Schaible, COO of Reaktor Education, believes that “AI should not be left in the hands of a few elite coders." This is the reason why the company decided to join forces with the Finnish university. The university is also planning to translate the course to the remaining 20 of the EU's official languages in the next two years since it is currently available in Finnish, English, Swedish and Estonian only.