😺 Prompt engineering

PLUS: Did ChatGPT just kill Stack Overflow?!

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Here’s what you need to know about AI today:

  • Prompt engineering will be less necessary over time.

  • Stack Overflow laid off 28% of employees (thx to ChatGPT).

  • Introducing a BRAND NEW section in The Neuron!

  • Claude is now available in 95 countries.

Prompt Engineering: Helpful For Now, Overrated For Later.

How the HELL does ChatGPT know how much we think about the Roman Empire?!

prompt engineering1 [en-juh-neer-ing]; verb:

  1. the art of talking to AI.

  2. a term non-engineers use to make themselves feel tech-savvy.

Prompt engineering has gotten major buzz as an important skill in the AI world, and it doesn’t help that some startups are throwing $335K salaries at it.

The idea is: learn to prompt chatbots very well = get way better outputs.

Right now, intricate prompting is helpful for some tasks. But over time, we think it’s an overrated skill. Here’s why:

1. As AI models improve, they require less “engineered” prompts. DALL-E 3 is a great example of this (you get top-tier images with < 10-word prompts).

In this case, it will still be important to know what you want and be willing to delegate to an AI (pro tip: pretending you’re chatting with a smart intern).

2. AI workflow tools may get rid of “chat”. Chatbots like ChatGPT require you to communicate something from scratch, which isn’t a very natural skill.

New AI tools have started hiding the actual prompts behind the scenes. All they ask you for are the answers to a list of questions.

And if you've been jamming with ChatGPT lately, you might've noticed they're suggesting prompts for new conversations. We haven’t found this to be particularly helpful yet — but the idea of suggested prompts trained on our chat history OR business data could come in handy!

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ChatGPT Is Killing Stack Overflow.

Stack Overflow, a Q&A site for coders, just axed 28% of its workforce thanks to a nosedive in traffic in the ChatGPT era.

Here's why this is happening:

BCE (before ChatGPT era): programmer has coding problem → Google question → pray for the right answer on Stack Overflow.

CE (ChatGPT era): ChatGPT outright solves coding problems for you.

And it doesn't just hand over solutions; it helps iterate on coding tasks and go back and forth until you find the right answer.

We expect the pain to continue for Stack Overflow, though it can still be useful for finding direct solutions to common errors/keywords.

Around the Horn.

  • Claude is now available in 95 countries. Notables: Australia, India, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, UAE.

  • CapCut (video editor sister to TikTok) is rolling out AI-generated ad scripts and product presenters.

  • Music of the Sails: a month-long music livestream generated using AI and the inner workings of the Sydney Opera House.

  • 3 ways to use AI tools with Google Sheets.

  • The chatbot Pi now has access to the latest information via the Internet.

This Should Probably Exist (new section alert!).

Ever thought, “there should probably be an AI for this”? Same.

Generative AI makes a lot of new things possible.

Psyched to announce this new section where we'll share realistic, innovative, and sometimes simply ridiculous ideas for our brave new world. (inspo from the great Soren Iverson).

First up: auto-suggested "troll your coworker" email replies.

We’ve all felt like sending some emails straight to Trash. Google would obviously never release this, but hey, maybe they should!

Got a “this should probably exist” idea? Spill the tea in the comments!

Tuesday Ticker.

Here are the results from last week’s polls:

Not a coincidence that we included the $20 option (hi ChatGPT-4).

Tell us, how deep are you diving into "prompt engineering" with ChatGPT?

How long is your average ChatGPT prompt?

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