Elements of AI is a free online course that launched in Ireland last month and is designed to be accessible from the beginning.

At Future Human last month, it was announced that the University of Helsinki has teamed up with University College Cork to bring artificial intelligence “into the sitting rooms and kitchens of Irish homes”.

This will be through Elements of AI, a free online course designed and organised by the University of Helsinki and Finnish tech company Reaktor.

Prof Teemu Roos of the University of Helsinki told the Future Human audience that the course was designed to be accessible from the beginning, starting with what artificial intelligence is and how we encounter it every day, before moving onto how it works and what the basic principles are.

“There’s no programming in the course, you don’t have to know any programming to get started and complete the course. There’s hardly any mathematics,” he said.


Words by Jenny Darmody