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A Country's Ambitious Plan to Teach Anyone the Basics of AI

By Technology Review

January 16, 2019

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Finland has launched an ambitious challenge to teach the basics of artificial intelligence (AI) to 1% of its population, or about 55,000 people.

Once it reaches that goal, the country plans to go further, increasing the share of the Finnish population with AI skills.

This plan is part of a greater effort to establish Finland as a leader in applying and using the technology.

As part of the program, citizens take an online course that is specifically designed for non-technology experts with no programming experience.

As of mid-December, more than 10,500 people, including at least 4,000 outside of Finland's borders, had graduated from the course.

In addition, more than 250 companies in Finland have pledged to train part or all of their workforce in AI.

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