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CONNECT University Session on "Elements of AI"

During this CONNECT University session the participants had the opportunity to discover “Elements of AI”, a course developed by Reaktor together with the University of Helsinki in order to teach the basics of Artificial Intelligence to citizens and EU staff from a wide range of backgrounds.
Basic understanding of Artificial Intelligence is extremely valuable in any profession.
It is time to demystify AI!

Image highlighting different modules of a course on Artificial Intelligence. The image reffers to a human looking ahead the future, robots, etc.


The image includes visuals that are representative for the Artificial Intelligence concept (robots, future of digital)

Nowadays Artificial Intelligence represents an essential technology and an area of high strategic importance that generates tremendous benefits, bringing solutions to numerous societal challenges. The recent innovations have huge disruptive potential. Society needs to be prepared to harness the power of AI, and understand its impact on the economy and society. In the digital era, learning the way AI works and its implications for our lives has become fundamental.

Are you wondering how AI might affect your job or your life? Do you want to understand how AI will develop and affect us in the coming years? The aim of the course “Elements of AI” is to help everyone to be empowered, and not threatened by Artificial Intelligence.

Watch the recording and learn more about the great opportunity of enrolling in this free online course that will provide you a holistic view on Artificial Intelligence.



Keynote speech by Carl-Christian Buhr, Deputy Head of Cabinet, Commissioner Mariya Gabriel



Moderator: Fabrizia Benini, Head of Unit DG CONNECT F4, Digital Economy and Skills


1. Lucilla Sioli, Director DG CONNECT A, Artificial Intelligence & Digital Industry

2. Jaakko Kurhila, University of Helsinki

3. Megan Schaible and Ville Sinisalo, REAKTOR




Closing remarks by Fabrizia Benini, Head of Unit DG CONNECT F4, Digital Economy and Skills

Background information

CONNECT University is an initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate General on Communication Networks, Content and Technologies (DG CONNECT) which aims to inform about the latest digital trends and challenges which are highly linked with EU's relevant policies and serve as a platform for sharing knowledge through thematic sessions and workshops. It's main target audience is EU's Institutions staff, but very often the sessions are also open to the public via web-streaming or recorded videos.

Additional information:

Elements of AI course

Recording of the CONNECT University Session on “Elements of AI”

Digital Europe Programme

Commission provided the translations of the “Elements of AI” course that will now expand throughout the European Union