Defining Prompting: Communicating with ChatGPT
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Proper prompting is the one vital skill you need to master these robust, emerging generative models, whether your goal is to create fascinating narratives, stunning visuals, or interesting features like automatic text summaries or video editing tools. With time, the outcomes of these models are improving, but it can be challenging to achieve the exact result you desire. Even though this is also constantly improving, the optimal way to tap into the potential of these massive models is to refine your prompt engineering skills.
But what exactly is a prompt engineer? And what is this prompting concept I’ve been discussing and how can we hone this skill and improve?! This is precisely the focus of this article…
Prompting is the medium through which humans can communicate with AIs. It’s a method to instruct the AI about our requirements and preferences, generally expressed in words.
For instance, you may want to create an image but lack a sample to showcase. What’s your next step? You would use the same approach as you would with a hired artist: strive to articulate your vision as clearly as possible, supplemented with sketches if you’re able to draw.
This is the identical approach to today’s most advanced AIs. While AIs can comprehend words, their interpretation differs from ours. This is where the art of prompt engineering comes in. The objective of prompt engineering is to identify the prompts that yield the optimum results from the AI.
A prompt engineer serves as a mediator, converting your concepts into a language the AI comprehends: effectively bridging the gap between “human language” and “AI language”. Prompt engineering can be equated to being a seasoned Google user. Many individuals are hired for their proficiency in utilizing Google effectively to procure answers to their queries, unlike your father, who may struggle with this.
That’s because you understand what to feed into Google’s search bar and which keywords are effective or not, whereas your father does not. He types as though he’s conversing with another human, a concept the machine can’t grasp.
The concept of image prompting is quite analogous; we use words to depict an image in a text-to-image model and assess its output. We observe that altering different descriptors results in the model generating different images. The ultimate aim of prompt engineering is to maximize this.
We hold the belief that acquiring this novel skill is crucial as large models will only become increasingly accessible and potent. Stay engaged with AI, as it’s indeed the future.
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