prompt engineering

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First proposed by Google researchers in 2022.

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prompt engineering (uncountable)

  1. (artificial intelligence, technology, neologism) The technique of formulating instructions (“prompts”) for a generative AI, in order to have it produce the expected output.
    • 2022, Denis Rothman, Antonio Gulli, Transformers for Natural Language Processing [] , Packt Publishing Ltd, →ISBN, page 426:
      Practice prompt engineering and measure your progress in time. Prompt engineering is a new skill that will take you to the next level of AI.
    • 2023 February 8, Charlie Warzel, “The Most Important Job Skill of This Century”, in The Atlantic[1]:
      PromptBase’s sixth-most-popular seller, a prompt creator from Spain who goes by Imagineer, told me that prompt engineering is still a side hustle, having earned them just over 800 euros since September.
    • 2023 March 16, James Bridle, “The stupidity of AI”, in The Guardian[2], →ISSN:
      The latter skill has become known as “prompt engineering”: the technique of framing one’s instructions in terms most clearly understood by the system, so it returns the results that most closely match expectations – or perhaps exceed them.
    • 2023 May 29, Zohaib Ahmed, “Want to make the most of ChatGPT? Try these prompt engineering basics”, in Indian Express, Mumbai:
      Now that you’ve learnt the basics of prompt engineering, you should be able to use AI chatbots more efficiently and get the desired results.

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