In this edit, we will cover a visionary initiative of AI literacy launched by the Finnish government in collaboration with private sector and is available for anyone in the world. We concur with the thought process of the government of Finland and what they do is relevant for all other governments and also organisations regardless of their size and shape. Finland is taking leadership in the application of AI so can you.
Helsinki is also working on a strategy report which will come out in April 2019, which will spell out how to bring small and mid-size enterprises across the country on board “who have no idea at this point that their future had to do with AI”, said Ilona Lindstrom, Director General at Finland’s economic ministry.
Until a year ago, the 59-year-old dentist from the Finnish town of Mikkeli had no idea what to make of terms like “machine learning” or “neural networks.”
She’s one of tens of thousands of non-technology experts who are taking part in a grand experiment aimed at repurposing the country’s economy toward high-end applications of artificial intelligence. 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. (courtesy wired). Originally started as a free-access university course, Finland’s “1 percent” AI scheme is now being rolled out nationally with the support of private companies and the government.
The course is called “Elements of AI”.
The purpose of the course is: Without requiring any coding skills, the class introduces the basics of artificial intelligence but does not intend to train a new generation of cutting-edge developers. Instead, it wants to raise awareness about the opportunities and risks of AI among people who are strangers to computer science, so they can decide for themselves what’s beneficial and where they want their government to invest.
We have reviewed the course find it to be simple and a well-constructed one. We would prescribe this for anyone who is not coding for a living. Even the AI literate will gain newer dimensions of abstractions. The course covers 6 themes. They are,