AI job replacement: Another one bites the dust

by Dmitry Kirsanov 7. February 2024 21:08

Despite the frequent reassurances that artificial intelligence (AI) will not render our jobs redundant, there is a caveat that we must acknowledge. While AI is not going to disrupt every professional sphere, it is certainly on track to replace roles that were initially established as mundane, non-creative tasks, often performed merely to maintain status quo.

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Chasing the Artificial Intelligence Rainbow

by Dmitry Kirsanov 5. February 2024 02:58

A recent trend that sticks out like a sore thumb in the buzzing world of tech is the splashy, high-profile marketing of 'AI' laced devices. A galaxy of household name companies (pun intended), who ironically have made minimal contributions to real AI development, are selling nothing more than illusions wrapped in layers of hyped advertising and fad appeal.

Samsung Galaxy S24 case

Let's take the Samsung Galaxy S24 for instance. The successor to the S23, Samsung heralded it as its "first AI phone". Just to be clear, as its name suggests, the Galaxy S24 Ultra, and its siblings ain't exactly lemons. They're backed by Samsung, after all. Yet, a closer look reveals trickery and shortcuts they took to roll out their 'AI' capabilities.

Well, long story short: the 'AI' built into the S24 is about as useful as a battery-less flashlight. And yes, there are few free features, like the language translator during calls but rest assured, their generosity has an expiration date much like the contents of your fridge.

These “AI functions” support features you won’t need and don’t support what you might want. Hence this can be said about all AI functions: they are “there”, but you won’t use them because they won’t fit into your scenario or “aren’t there yet”. Aren’t, and won’t be, no matter how strong your faith is. More...

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AI | Analytics

Design Language Is Not Design, by Bill Buxton, 2012

by Dmitry Kirsanov 12. December 2023 01:25

A speech by Bill Buxton in Dublin in 2012, which is worth reading even today, as most ideas about design are rather timeless, and so are some books. Enjoy!

It's been a while since I last visited Dublin or Ireland, with my last visit dating back to 1982. I remember climbing Carentoon Hill during that trip. Now, let's dive into the topic at hand.

In a recent survey, we asked how many of you are designers and how many are developers. But what about the rest of you? Are there any architects, students, CEOs, or management executives among you? How many of you are involved in the business or finance side of things? Ideally, we should have an equal representation of people from design, technology, and business disciplines. These are the three pillars necessary for any business enterprise in today's world.

Now, preparing for this talk was a bit challenging, not because I had nothing to say, but because I was trying to figure out what would be worth saying. I first used a computer in 1971 to compose music for a film soundtrack. That computer had a mouse, real-time sound synthesis, computer graphics, two-handed input, music notation, and a piano keyboard. It was easy to use, and I've spent the rest of my life trying to recreate that simplicity.

My first published work on pen-based input was in 1978, and we were working on multi-touch technology by 1984. This long history in the field has made me realize the importance of getting things right. We are on the cusp of a major change, with a new generation of technologies about to launch. The game is changing from simply making things work to creating smooth, elegant experiences. The challenge now is not just about making things, but deciding what to make and how to make it. More...

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Stories | Other

Functional Testing: The Unsung Hero of the Testing Spectrum?

by Dmitry Kirsanov 11. December 2023 04:00

Functional Testing is like Eagon Spengler, the brains behind the Ghostbusters team, often overshadowed by more flamboyant characters but indispensable for their success. That accomplished yet humble individual belies the very essence of functional tests. Just like him, functional testing plays a crucial yet understated role in the software development process.

In the world of software testing, we are so often enamoured by the technological characters: UI testing with its flashy complexities, API testing with its mysteries of wire protocols and data payload formats. Yet, the quietly diligent and most dependable hero - functional testing - is often left in the shadows. More...

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Demystifying API Testing

by Dmitry Kirsanov 6. December 2023 04:00

In the realm of software systems, the concept of application programming interfaces (APIs) is commonplace. Often, you'll find services or components in these systems that are deployed with over-the-wire APIs. But, what do these APIs entail? Are they exclusive to backend services instructed by various user interfaces via some remote access protocol such as HTTP? Not quite. The term "API" may typically be used in this context, but it isn't necessarily limited to it. In this exploration of API testing, we are defining an API as a remote backend service that is an integral segment of a software system. More...

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Converging Test Automation and UIs

by Dmitry Kirsanov 5. December 2023 04:00

Software testing has undergone a dramatic evolution over the years. It has metamorphosed from mundane, manual tasks to a truly dynamic and automated process. Specifically noteworthy is the potent concept of automated testing via the user interface(UI) realized through the advent of profoundly adept modern technologies.

In contrast to traditional unit tests that primarily perforate lines of code and evaluate their intended functionality, automated tests foster interaction and inspection of the application in its full glory. They robustly scrutinize the complete assembled system via its UI. Consider the tests as an intrepid globetrotter, navigating through the labyrinth of web applications, smart devices, virtually or physically, Android or Apple. The main idea is to simulate real user interactions and accurately replicate user experience. More...

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The Role of Unit Testing in Modern Software Development

by Dmitry Kirsanov 29. November 2023 04:00

As we glide forward on the cutting edge of the technological era, software development practices mature and evolve. Among the myriad of practices that mark the life-cycle of software development, unit testing forms a cornerstone. This indispensable process, intertwined with the act of writing code itself, has been fundamental in shaping this industry.

Reflecting on the incipient stages of my career, at the dawn of the digital age, I recall a time when the concept of unit testing was nascent, untapped, and devoid of the supportive tools or libraries that we now take for granted. The process, though cogent in theory, was far from being systematized. Diligent developers would carefully write small code snippets, run them to make sure they functioned as desired, and repeat this process incrementally. It was a time-consuming and monotonous task, demanding exactness, but it was critical for assuring the essential functionality of the code. More...

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Talk from the Tech Trenches: Test Surface Tactics

by Dmitry Kirsanov 24. November 2023 04:00

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Purpose, Perspectives, and Principles of Test Automation

We are embarking on a thrilling journey into the inner sanctum of testing, with a keen focus on the marvel that is test automation. So, fasten your seat belts, ensure your trays are in an upright position, and prepare for take-off, as we glide through the vast expanse of this intriguing and highly relevant topic. More...

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Test Automation VS Interactive Testing

by Dmitry Kirsanov 23. November 2023 04:00

Ascend with me, dear reader, as we scale the colossal mountain that is the software development industry. Now, as any seasoned mountaineer will tell you, using modern tools and techniques will make your ascent significantly easier. This is the very essence of the shifting trend within our industry that sees increased emphasis laid on test automation for projects and products. If you listen keenly to the gusts of wind blowing through the industry, you'll detect a thunderous applause for testers who specialize in automation. After all, the applauders say, hasn’t there been a Bard-like poetic justice in watching software developers give up the pen and ink of their coding jobs, for the sleek, hi-tech world of test automation? More...

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A Glimpse into the World of Tool-assisted Testing: Not Just For the Records

by Dmitry Kirsanov 22. November 2023 04:00

If you are a software tester, you would agree with me on this - the use of tools is inevitable, even if code and you share a love-hate relationship. And why would it not be so? The digital toolbox has instruments powerful enough to scrutinize systems faster and more precisely than a human brain could ever manage. They join hands with strategists, facilitating system investigation, monitoring its performance, and conducting specialized testing. And they do so while retaining impeccable standards. Let's discuss some of these tools and how they fit into the grand scheme of things. More...

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