Helsinki University and tech strategy firm Reaktor say they want to make Finland the world’s most educated country in the field of artificial intelligence. The academic and business partners say they want Finland to become forerunners in AI, and have developed an online course covering the quickly-growing technology open to anyone, free of charge.

“The Elements of Artificial Intelligence” online course is entirely in English and offered to people who are interested in learning more about AI. User interface designer at Reaktor Janina Fagerlund says people might not know it, bu their lives are already affected – one way or another – by AI every single day.

As a perhaps unexpected example, Fagerlund says that AI is used in industrial food production to sort produce and other items at food processing facilities. Most people know that self-driving cars use the technology but some may not be aware that AI is used by tech firms such as Facebook and Google to identify faces and other objects in photographs.

Fagerlund says AI will have as big a revolutionary impact on the world as electricity did towards the end of the 19th century. “It’s a new and cool discovery, but no one yet knows what it can be used for, or what impact it will have in practice,” she says.

The University of Helsinki has offered a course in AI for the past few years. Due to increased interest in the subject, the institution collaborated with Reaktor to create an online course to meet the growing demand. Read more from yle.fi…

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