In September, I covered Professor Barry O'Sullivan's excellent overview of issues relating to the appropriate use of Artificial Intelligence technologies for the Irish group of Society for Computers and Law. Now you can come up to speed yourself with a free online course in the Elements of AI from the University of Helsinki.

On the back of the EU's ambition to ensure €20bn annual investment in AI by 2028, Reaktor (the global tech consultancy) and the University of Helsinki created the "Elements of AI" course for people with a wide range of backgrounds. Finland then made it a priority of its Presidency of the EU Council to educate at least 1% of EU citizens in the basics of Artificial Intelligence, so that people feel empowered and not threatened by the new technologies.

The course has over 220,000 registered students so far (there's a study group on Spectrum) , and is available in English, Finnish, Swedish and Estonian. It will be available in all official EU languages by 2021.

You can do the course at your own pace, but the providers recommend giving yourself 6 weeks to complete the 6 chapters. It should take about 5-10 hours to finish each chapter, in a series of exercises that each take about 45 minutes, depending on how much you need to think, draw and explore the many links available. 

You need to get at least 50% to receive a certificate of completion.

Give it a go, and let's know how you do!