Are you wondering how AI might affect your job or your life?
Do you want to learn more about what AI really means — and how it’s created?
Do you want to understand how AI will develop and affect us in the coming years?

Our goal is to demystify AI

The Elements of AI is a series of free online courses created by MinnaLearn and the University of Helsinki. We want to encourage as broad a group of people as possible to learn what AI is, what can (and can’t) be done with AI, and how to start creating AI methods. The courses combine theory with practical exercises and can be completed at your own pace.

— For businesses, Artificial Intelligence means a completely new era of probing. Companies that are willing to learn by experimenting are the ones making the most progress; and most likely the ones gaining the upper hand.
Johan Himberg , Director of AI Business, Reaktor
— The idea has a simple, Nordic ring to it: Start by teaching 1 percent of the country's population, or about 55,000 people, the basic concepts at the root of artificial technology, and gradually build on the number over the next few years.
POLITICO , Finland’s grand AI experiment →
— AI is going to have as big an impact on our society as electricity.
Risto Siilasmaa , Chairman of board, Nokia
— For AI to be successful, not only do we have to develop it; we also must work on finding diverse ways of utilizing AI. And it’s not just up to the engineers, which is why it’s so great that the Elements of AI course is free for anyone to attend.
Elina Valtonen , Member of Parliament

Part 1

Introduction to AI

An Introduction to AI is a free online course for everyone interested in learning what AI is, what is possible (and not possible) with AI, and how it affects our lives – with no complicated math or programming required.

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Our story

In spring 2018, MinnaLearn and the University of Helsinki came together with the aim of helping people to be empowered, not threatened, by artificial intelligence. Together, they built the Elements of AI to teach the basics of AI to people from a wide range of backgrounds.

End of 2019, Digital Luxembourg approached the Finnish partners, and in cooperation with the University of Luxembourg, the Competence Centre, the INAP and the SCRIPT collaborated a deployment of Elements of AI for Luxembourg needs. The major objective of the government and the academic partners when supporting Elements of AI is to deploy a training offer that is corresponding to the skills needs of the industry and research.

1 million students

Over 1 million students have signed up for the Elements of AI course.

170 countries

The course has spread worldwide, with graduating students from over 170 countries.

40% women

About 40 % of course participants are women, more than double the average for computer science courses.


University of Luxembourg

Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is the only public university of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Multilingual, international and research-oriented, it is also a modern institution with a personal atmosphere.

University of Luxembourg Competence Centre

The University of Luxembourg Competence Centre (ULCC) develops training programmes that cover the market needs and organises events that support the main axes of development of the Luxembourg economy.

Digital Luxembourg

Launched by the Prime minister in 2014, Digital Luxembourg is both a uniting force behind Luxembourg’s digitalization movement & its biggest ally. Inclusive, multidisciplinary & fluid, it is a collaborative government initiative overseen by a dedicated team at the Ministry of State’s Department of Media, Telecommunications & Digital Policy (SMC). Digital Luxembourg enables & supports new or existing projects that address the country’s needs & fuel positive transformation.


The National Institute of Public Administration (INAP) is the partner of the administrations and services of the State and municipalities of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the field of initial and continuous training. The Institute contributes to the systematic development of the professional competences of public servants.


The SCRIPT (Service de coordination de la recherche et de l’innovation pédagogiques et technologiques) is one of the driving forces of educational development in Luxembourg, responsible for an ever-increasing multitude of missions. The SCRIPT's prime mission is to promote, implement and coordinate initiatives and research aimed at pedagogical and technological innovation throughout the Luxembourgish education system, as well as the development of quality assurance mechanisms in both, the area of education and in the field of teaching practice.