It’s fair to say that Elements of AI is rapidly becoming a world wide movement, helping people be empowered, not threatened by AI. It is a free online course for everyone, democratising and demystifying AI – with no complicated math or programming skills required.
The project was initiated in the spring of 2018 by Reaktor and the University of Helsinki. We teamed up, and within a short, 8-week period we designed, illustrated, developed and launched the first version of the course.
Most would agree that AI increasingly has an almost unfathomable impact on our society as a whole. If more people from all kinds of backgrounds understand the basics of AI, we will eventually also find solutions to a wider range of problems and issues. The course also speaks on the subject of ethics, and emphasises the problem with bias in AI.
The first goal was to educate 1% of the Finnish population. As we passed 2% just two months after launch, the goal is now 1% of the world.
The course is now ranked as #1 Computer Science online course in the world, ahead of Stanford, Harvard, and MIT. 310K has registered since launch in May 2018. Almost 45% are female. That number is usually around 10% in Computer Science courses. 25% are over 45 years old.
45 years old