On The State of Automation

While humankind has come a long way in automating software development and quality assurance processes, the current trends are rather worrisome. The singular purpose of automation is to remove a requirement for the error-prone manual intervention, freeing valuable human time and cognitive capacities to do bigger and better things, i.e. creating the actual product for which the enterprise was established. We assert that the two main paths the industry is taking are failing to deliver on that purpose.