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AI Summit: Where The [email protected]*&% Are Your Tests?!

Kevin Dill  (Senior Solutions Engineer, Kythera AI)

Date: Monday, July 19

Time: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I prefer to present live on-site but I am open to delivering a virtual presentation

Have you ever tried to build unit tests for your AI, only to find that you're spending more time maintaining the tests than you are fixing and balancing the AI? Have you built a few tests initially, but as the pace picks up and deadlines get tighter, found that there isn't time anymore? Have you looked wistfully at the benefits that unit testing is supposed to bring, but in the end concluded that it just isn't practical for your AI? In this talk we'll discuss the benefits that automated tests bring and why you want them. We'll drill into the technical, discussing how to build tests that speed development rather than slowing it down. Finally, we'll discuss the cultural and process changes needed to take full advantage of them.


Attendees will leave inspired to try building tests for their AI, and with the know-how to succeed.

Intended Audience

This talk is aimed primarily at software engineers - after all, they're the ones who will write the tests, and should be the proponents for their use! With that said, it will also be of interest to producers and other leaders, to better understand what the benefits of testing can be and how to get there.