Tea and coffee with Rik and Derk-Jan – The impact of AI on testing

Derk-Jan de Grood, Rik Marselis
Leestijd: 6 minuten

Artificial intelligence is a popular topic these days. As companies are including it in their solutions and services, IT professionals are more likely to encounter AI and machine learning in their daily work and experience the challenges it brings. Derk-Jan de Grood and Rik Marselis wanted to take a deep dive in the topic and organized a whiteboard session to discuss AI and testing.

Standing at the coffee machine, we start our conversation. “The idea of artificial intelligence is by no means new,” Rik explains. “Alan Turing already talked about it in the 1950s. But recently, computers have gotten so powerful that it can actually be applied.” Derk-Jan agrees: “That explains why we see it all around us. Sugar, milk, Rik?” We sit down and decide to focus on how AI impacts the way we do our testing.

Testing consists of a myriad of different activities. The first that comes to mind is the so-called test execution. Test cases are executed to challenge an information system and the output is validated to determine whether the system works as expected. AI can automatically scan the system and run some tests – Rik calls this “testing with AI”. For example, it can use image recognition to identify buttons and links in a user interface and then click them to see what happens. These types of tools (like many AI-based tools) are still in their infancy, but we’re already seeing a few companies and universities successfully applying them.

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