Knowing they don’t have the resources to compete against China or the United States in developing AI technology, Finland plans to become a world leader in its application.
Finland plan is to teach the artificial intelligence basics to 55,000 people, or 1% of the country's population so that they can stay competitive in this technological area.
The project started as a promotional free online course called "Elements of AI" which attracted 10,500 people worldwide, 6,300 of them from Finland, from May to December 2018. By November 2018, the country launched a Finnish language version of the course to promote an increase in the number of graduates from Finland residents.
The course doesn't require any previous coding skills because it is designed to introduce students to the basics of artificial intelligence, rather than to make them top-notch developers.
The curriculum includes opportunities and risks of the emergent technology so the student can form their ideas about the benefits, the impact it may have, and specific areas where government should invest to implement it.
However, this is not the only effort Finland is doing to become a leader in Artificial Intelligence applications. During October 2017, it was the first EU country to write an AI strategy plan which, by June 2018 estimated that around 1 million of its population needed to improve their AI skills. Moreover, they plan to align with Estonia and Sweden to become Europe's leaders in AI test trials.
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