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Finland Is Making Its Online AI Crash Course Free to the World


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Last year, Finland launched a free online crash course in artificial intelligence with the aim of educating its citizens about the new technology. Now, the European nation is making the six week program available for anyone to take.

Finland decided to translate its course into every EU language as a gift to citizens. But there aren't any geographical restrictions as to who can take the course, so it's available to anyone in the world.

The course, named Elements of AI, is currently available in English, Swedish, Estonian, Finnish, and German. Each of the six sections takes approximately 5 to 10 hours to complete.

The course offers short tests at the end of each section, and covers a range of topics from the philosophical implications of AI to technical subjects like Bayesian probability. It's supposed to take about six weeks to finish.

Finland has always punched above its weight in the tech and education. Megan Schaible of the tech consultancy Reaktor, which helped design the course, said the motivation was "to prove that AI should not be left in the hands of a few elite coders."

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