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Sat Sep 16, 2023, 05:59 PM

Uh oh, now AI is better than you at prompt engineering (ZDNET)

I've seen countless social media posts this year from AI enthusiasts certain they'll not only survive but do well, as AI replaces jobs, by becoming prompt engineers...


You've just figured out your next career move: becoming a wiz at prompt engineering, the art of crafting the best input phrase to a generative artificial intelligence program such as OpenAI's ChatGPT.

Not so fast: The art of prompting may itself be taken over by automation via large language models.

In a paper posted last week by Google's DeepMind unit, researchers Chengrun Yang and team created a program called OPRO that makes large language models try different prompts until they reach one that gets closest to solving a task. It's a way to automate the kinds of trial and error that a person would do by typing.

The research paper, "Large Language Models as Optimizers," posted on the arXiv pre-print server, details an experiment in how to "optimize" anything with a language model, meaning, to make the program produce better and better answers, getting closer to some ideal state.


More at the article link.

Link to that scientific paper: https://arxiv.org/pdf/2309.03409.pdf

This may put a dent in sales of all the quickie books and courses promising to turn people into highly paid prompt engineers.

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Sat Sep 16, 2023, 06:11 PM

1. Whatever "Prompt Engineers" actually wind up doing,

calling them engineers seems quite the overreach.

Sort of like calling bus drivers "transportation engineers".

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