Welcome to the Ethics of AI!

The Ethics of AI is a free online course created by the University of Helsinki. The course is for anyone who is interested in the ethical aspects of AI – we want to encourage people to learn what AI ethics means, what can and can’t be done to develop AI in an ethically sustainable way, and how to start thinking about AI from an ethical point of view.

In this course you'll...

Discover why AI raises concerns about its ethically acceptable use and development.
Become familiar with the ethical questions and concepts related to contemporary AI.
Learn how to combine ethical concepts and theories with AI by doing practical exercises.

AI is becoming ever more relevant

Artificial intelligence is already a part of our daily lives. When we post pictures to social media, search online or ask questions from chatbots, we’re interacting with AI. Authorities, such as cities, rely on AI for providing public services. And governments are seeking solutions to global problems by using algorithmically produced knowledge. The goal of this course is to help you to develop your own skills for ethical thinking. You can complete the course at your own pace.


How to study

You can study the course on your own schedule. When you are signed in to the system it remembers your progress.

The course consists of texts and assignments. You can study the course sections in any order but we recommend that you proceed in the suggested order. Before working on the assignments, study the textual material of the section. That will help you do the assignments.

Requirements for passing the course

To complete the course you need to do 90% of assignments and get 80% of assignments accepted as passed. The final assignment in the last module is mandatory.

Because we want to continuously improve the course filling the course feedback form at the end is also mandatory for passing.

Certificate and ECTS credits

The course certificate is available to all who pass the course. You can download your certificate from your mooc.fi profile. No Open University course enrollment is required to access the certificate.

The course is worth 2 ECTS credits. Open University enrollment is required for the credits.

In case of problems or questions

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