DEV Community

Pradeep Parthiban
Pradeep Parthiban

Posted on

The Role of AI in Software Testing

AI in Software Testing

We all know that over the recent years, AI has proven to be quite helpful for the human race in the multifarious fields like statistics, graphical studies, astronomy and so on. But now the concerned matter is whether the theory will be able to bring about the necessary and the expected changes in the software testing field or not. Software testers and developers from all over the world are trying various methods to incorporate the idea to create a new version of the technologically advanced world.

Will this new introduction become a salvation or the cause of destruction? Even though there is still an underlying uncertainty, the use of the AI theories has become abundant to an extent. According to The Times Higher Education, China is leading the pack with over 41000 research papers on AI and various countries are following this theory to perform various functions.

Let’s take a glance at the attributes of the Artificial Intelligence and its related aspects of software testing!

We all know that the robots and the technologically developed machines are quickly replacing the human labours, be it bots or any automated machine. Now, when the mechanical strength is being replaced by artificial power, why not the natural intelligence of human beings is replaced by something similar?
This proposition led to the development of a new concept of artificially induced intelligence, similar to the human intelligence in any sense yet advanced and quicker. This is known as Artificial Intelligence. It is actually a probabilistic approach towards any situation.

Apart from this, AI technologies behave like humans and produce results the same way. Some of the best technologies developed to date that uses AI are speech recognition, virtual agents, machine learning platforms, robotic process automation and so on.

The success of the Artificial Intelligence in these fields has driven the software minds to use the theory of the same in the aspect of developing software and testing the different parameters of the same.

Software testers benefit more on automation than the manual checking process. The term ‘software testing’ revolves around a number of algorithms and technical processes which examines the quality of the software, the output, its market efficiency and other attributes.

Now, software testing does not involve a step or two for the software testing purposes. Rather, the entire software developed is subjected to a series of repeated tests where at each level, the parameters are examined by various methods. This requires intelligence, extensive manpower and time. Also, the revenue spent by various macro software-giants accounts to around billions.
The use of Artificial Intelligence will certainly cut out all the excess things that are needed for the testing process. The AI algorithm and the various processes are based on introducing automation and better ‘intelligent’ analysis of any faults or errors within the software. The entire work is done at low maintenance since AI means artificially induced intelligence, enough brainpower to run the processes without extensive care.

The benefits of the application of Artificial Intelligence are extensive; some can modify the existing testing methods while others will definitely introduce mind-blowing changes in the field of software testing.

  1. Improved quality
    With the application of the artificially induced intelligence, the quality of the software will develop widely. Since all the testing methods will be carried out automatically and with secured assuredness, the quality will be improvised greatly. Moreover, the longevity of the applications will be increased greatly along with the increased market efficiency.

  2. Effective and trustworthy
    AI algorithms have introduced effectiveness in the software testing. The artificial intelligence theories have also increased the reliability of the testing methods by reducing the manpower and also the intensive costs. The process is trustworthy since the errors will be checked by checking codes that will not leave the errors unattended without resolving them.

  3. Earliest feedback
    As the AI testing process is automated, the software developers will get a quick feedback report on the working and the efficiency of the applications. Also, the bugs and the disputes will be resolved quickly and hence, the products can be launched quickly in the market.

  4. Improved traceability
    As the testing algorithms are preloaded within the machine and are based on statistical and other types of mathematical concepts, it's quite easier to trace the path of the tests and ensure that every step is being done clearly and carefully. Also, it will be possible to know what type of errors have occurred and hence, finding a solution to them will become easier.

  5. Integrated platform
    The entire process is conducted on an integrated and embedded platform. This will make it easier for the software developers to launch the website easily on the client’s website. Hence, the execution process will become more flaccid.

The application of the Artificial Intelligence to the field of software testing is still under scrutiny. However, it is expected that soon the software world will see a dramatic change in the processes!

Top comments (0)