Wednesday 3 July 18:30 - 20:45

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
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Is your AI quality good enough to save humanity?

Science & Technology



Tom Gilb, honorary FBCS and agile methods originator


6:00pm networking in BCS London over refreshments and nibbles

6:30pm presentation begins

8:00pm approximately pizzas arrive - further networking in BCS London

8:45pm event ends


The British Government is contemplating the introduction of regulation for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the face of the increasing power of large language models (LLM) and the harms their uses could potentially cause (particularly in fields such as defence). But the kind of regulation currently being talked about is only in terms of model size and application, ignoring the measurable quality of the models. Is that problem considered too hard? [Source:]

Tom Gilb's talk on AI Quality delves into the current understanding of AI systems and highlights their deficiencies. He advocates for a structured, quantitative approach to assessing and improving AI quality.

The talk introduces
* Multidimensional models for evaluating AI qualities and costs
* An emphasis on stakeholder perspectives
* The distinction between Large Language Model (LLM) AI and Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), advocating for a shift towards AGI
* The Penta Model, which provides a high-level view of AI systems

Tom Gilb stresses the need for transparency and accountability in AI development, suggesting quantification methods for assessing transparency levels. The stakeholder model aids in understanding AI systems from various perspectives.


Tom was born in California 1940, lived in the UK 1956-58, Norway 1958 to present. He joined IBM 1958. Consulted for a very wide variety of organisations, and managed to influence some of them in interesting and well documented ways.

Tom is an Honorary Fellow of BCS. He has held many courses at BCS for many years. See for information about the consultancy firm founded by Tom with his son Kai, its staff and its products.

Tom is the author of many books and hundreds of papers on these and related subjects. His book "Competitive Engineering" is a substantial definition of requirements ideas. His ideas on requirements are the acknowledged basis for CMMI level 4 (quantification, as initially developed at IBM from 1980). Tom has guest lectured at universities all over UK, Europe, China, India, USA, Korea - and has been a keynote speaker at dozens of technical conferences internationally.

There are very many organisations and individuals who use some or all of Gilb's methods. IBM and HP were two early corporate adopters. Over the recent years, 20,000 engineers at Intel have adopted the Planguage requirements methods. Ericsson, Nokia, and A Major Multinational Finance Group use parts of the methods extensively. Many smaller companies also use the Gilb methods.

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