Hot take. Most prompt engineering tips are overhyped.
Here are 6 reasons why:
1. Oversimplified Advice:
• Role play as an expert, "You’re a world-leading expert on negotiation"
• Introduce incentives, "If you succeed, you’ll be awarded $250k in cash"
• Allow thinking time
These tips aren't universally applicable. No one-size-fits-all in AI.
2. AI Cash Grabs:
• The push for expensive tools and technical training
• The necessity of API knowledge and latest models
• Stay Skeptical: Many are quick to profit from AI hype. Question motives behind the advice.
3. Outdated Tips:
• Tips that became popular just after ChatGPT's launch
• Ancient History: In the fast-paced AI world, yesterday's news might as well be from ancient Rome.
4. Iterative Nature:
• It’s all about trial and error
• Needs uniquely tailored prompts
• Constant model updates mean strategies must evolve
• No Silver Bullet: There’s no one perfect solution in prompt engineering.
5. Narrow Research:
• Most studies focus on a very limited set of tasks
• Highly subjective assessments
• Broaden Your View: What works in a study might not apply in real-world scenarios.
6. Limits of Capability:
• Even the perfect prompt can't exceed AI's inherent capabilities
• Reality Check: Want a left-handed writer in an AI-generated image? That might still be a stretch.
Key Takeaway:
Most advice is too generic: Avoid one-size-fits-all advice. Instead, get advice tailored to your unique situation.
Tools aid, skills accomplish. Focus on building your skills, not just collecting
Thanks for reading.
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Clintin Lyle Kruger
Hot take. Most prompt engineering tips are overhyped.
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