Stop writing dumb automated tests. Let them think.
Test Encapsulation has its basis in a research paper I wrote about a decade back for Testing Experience magazine and later presented in a some conferences.
At the heart of test encapsulation is introspection - making 'test' the most powerful component of the test automation engine, providing all meta data to it so that it can make run time decisions for itself. It's a complete rethinking of the way test automation engines are architected internally.
The ideas were at a very nascent stage at that time. And well, they were just ideas and I was told how impossible they were. So, I ended up experimenting with the concept for almost a decade, creating 20+ automation engines, big and small, touching the philosophies to various levels. They had varying amount of success w.r.t. where I wanted them to be.
At last, I have got it right to a fair extent. This presentation would be more than theoretical exploration of possibilities. I would demonstrate a test engine that achieves many of the ideas that I discuss. The engine - Arjuna - has been free and open-sourced in Oct-18, so that attendees can freely experiment further.