We see the prices of hardware, connectivity, and software going down. Meanwhile the number of information systems is increasing. Tooling becomes better and some open source tools are available for free. Computers get a little bit clever by using machine learning and computer vision. What will be the effects on IT and on the role of the tester in the development process? I will try to extrapolate some of the trends and see what they might bring us. What will be the impact on the role of the tester and what skills will he or she need? In this article I''ll try to look ahead and answer these questions.

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This article has been published in Testing Experience nr 21 (March 2013).

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