Rise of the Robots

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Discover the future of automated mobile application testing with a JavaScript-powered mechanical arm. During this talk we will explore the design, prototyping, and implementation of this cutting-edge solution, optimizing testing efficiency and precision on real mobile devices. We will also discuss the challenges of building a hardware solution for the real world, and how to overcome them.

Theodore Vorillas
Theodore Vorillas
27 min
07 Dec, 2023

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This Talk discusses the possibility of robots taking over based on Asimov's three laws of robotics. It explores the use of automation robots for testing, including building and controlling them. The Talk also covers implementing interfaces, conducting math game challenges, and the capabilities of automation testing. It addresses questions about responsive design, camera attachment, and the future roadmap. The affordability of the setup and the potential for future automation are also discussed, along with a rapid fire Q&A session.

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1. Introduction to the Question of Robots Taking Over

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Hi, everyone. I'm Theodor, a software engineer and founder of Proxima Analytics. Let's discuss if robots will take over based on Isaac Asimov's three laws of robotics.

Hi, everyone. I hope you're enjoying the conference so far. Okay. So I'm Theodor. I'm a software engineer based in Athens, Greece. I'm also the founder of Proxima Analytics. It's an open source ethical first analytics platform that you should definitely check this out. And you can also find me online via the alliance wordless. So if there's a question that we can make for 2023, it's going to be are there robots going to actually take over? Like, is going your freeds going to take you as a hostage, or are you going to lose our jobs as software engineers? And truth to be told, this question is, like, rather too old, if we can say so. So this is Isaac Asimov, one of the most famous science fiction authors. And in one of his books, which is called iRobot, in 1953, I think, he came up with the three laws of robotics. So basically, this is a manual when robots are going to actually take over. And today, we're going to challenge this question, and we're going to try to find out if this is true or not.

2. Exploring Automation Robots for Testing

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In 2018, while working for a company, I experimented with different aspects of software engineering. Mobile end-to-end testing is challenging due to sandboxed applications and external interruptions. I had the idea to build a robot for automating tests on real devices. There are three categories of automation robots based on movement: Cartesian robots, robot guns, and Delta robots.

So fast forward, in 2018, I was working for a company. And besides that, I was also trying to experiment with different aspects of software engineering, trying to mix up things like 3D printing, electronics, and stuff.

And I was working for a company where we had three major products. Like, the first one was a web application and two mobile applications, one for Android and another one for iOS. And I can really tell you this. So mobile end-to-end testing is pretty damn hard. It really is.

So if you have ever tried to run end-to-end testing in mobile applications, we're basically more or less stuck to the emulator. On the other hand, we also need to test mobile applications on real devices, right? But it's quite tricky, actually. So for security reasons, most of the applications are sandboxed. That means that we cannot actually test how our applications are interacting with the operating system. We cannot test sharing links between applications. We cannot test a workflow where we want to authenticate users using the email client in the mobile phone.

Moreover, we have external interruptions like phone calls. Mobile phones are like living organisms. So we have phone calls, notifications, push notifications, and so on. And then I had that weird idea, like, what if we could actually try and build a robot for automating tests in real devices? And you know what? I know that most people would actually think something scary or big like the Terminator or so. But truth be told, we can categorize automating automation robots in three big categories based on their movement.

So the first category is they're called Cartesian robots. We have three axes. And basically, the actuator moves into the three-dimensional space using bolts and wheels. 3D printers and CNC machines are working in that way, in that format, actually. But in our case, it does not work because you have a limited area to work with. And also, the movement does not feel that natural.

Next up, we have robot guns, which are basically made with separate motors and three or four attached parts. They are a needless standard for the car industry and medical operations as well. But they're pretty hard to operate. And moreover, they're pretty expensive and mostly used for repetitive tasks. So our pickup for today are called Delta robots. We have a base on the top, three or four motors attached.

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