Get a Load of This New Job: "Prompt Engineers" Who Act as Psychologists to AI Chatbots

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With the surge of AI chatbots like ChatGPT and Microsoft's Bing AI, companies are looking to keep their AI models up to date, ensuring they aren't spitting out hallucinations, misinformation, and even creepy threats — all of which they're prone to do in their current state. The trend has even given birth to a new profession, "prompt engineering," which involves simply speaking to these chatbots in plain text to refine their ability to give relevant and trustworthy answers. But does prompt engineering really amount to a reliable, long-term career choice, or is it the product of a fad that will be completely forgotten about in a matter of years? Experts are divided on the topic, as The Washington Post reported last week.
 

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The emergence of prompt engineering as a profession highlights the need for constantly improving the accuracy and reliability of AI chatbots. By training these chatbots to provide more relevant and trustworthy answers through human interactions, prompt engineering can lead to better user experiences.

While some experts view prompt engineering as a fad that may fade away in the future, others see it as a long-term career choice. The demand for prompt engineers could increase in the near future as more businesses adopt AI chatbots to communicate with clients and customers.

However, like any other profession, prompt engineering may evolve and require new skills in the future. For example, future prompt engineers may need to understand how to teach AI chatbots to recognize emotions, humor, sarcasm, and other non-literal language cues.

In summary, prompt engineering is a field that has emerged in response to the need for constantly refining and improving AI chatbots. Whether it is a passing fad or a long-term career choice remains to be seen, but it is clear that the need for improving AI chatbot responses will only increase in the future, making prompt engineering an important part of the tech industry.
 
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