The Case For The AI Prompt Engineer.
It was early in the day, a warm day, on June 12th, 2018 and the programmer said “It is ready”. No one quite knew just how profound this day would become. It was a day that changed the world. This was the day that the first version of the GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) language model was released by OpenAI. Few knew of this company or the products they had been working on. Yet some could sense a shift taking place. That shift slowly became a tectonic with the several updates and improvements to the GPT model with the release of GPT-2 in February 2019 and GPT-3 in June 2020. By November 30th, 2022 with the release of ChatGPT, an earthquake began to shake the entire technology world with Silicon Valley in the epicenter. This earthquake will shake the foundations over every single business, person, profession and career. It will shake the very foundation of humanity.
One of my best friends, Matthew, quoted this recently:
“Whoever loves learning loves to be told he is wrong. He who hates being told he is wrong is stupid.”Proverbs 12:1
I want to ask you something: Are you still teachable? More to the point, are you correctable? There was a time in the early industrial revolution where one could learn a single craft or profession, and they would spend their life in that profession. In 2023, we no longer live in that quaint version of the past. Yes, there are spectacular vocations that will be with us for the better part of eternity, however the majority of “white collar”, “blue collar” and professions have been forever changed since that warm day in June 2018. For this is the day that humanity began a new step forward that is equivalent to the discovery of fire and the invention of the printing press.
Being teachable and correctable will become your most valuable skill as we all navigate this new AI future together. The world ahead may seem either Utopia or Dystopic, and yes, right on both accounts. I will write future articles here to explore this aspect more deeply, and clearly it will not be a view you have read before. In a word, my survey of history shows humans are guided to anti-dystopias when the philosophers, politicians and scientists get out of the way and let any new technology find the path on its own with humanity.
We will explore what that June 2018 day created as a path for everyone. One path we will focus on is that of the Prompt Engineer. The profession was a part of the scientific part of AI for decades as Neural Networks were being built and experts were needed to prompt by questioning the capabilities and limits of any AI model. However, since November 30th, 2022 this profession will accelerate faster than any in history when we look back in a decade. In fact, just about everyone will become partly Prompt Engineer.
To be clear, the nomenclature Prompt Engineer irritates some, not just a little bit. However, this is the nomenclature from the past, and it shall be the same into the future. This is the first step to the “ignorance” Orson Wells speaks of in the video below. You just may find that what you don’t know allows you to do things that were thought impossible by experts.
In this member only article, we will explore the prior skill sets that make for the most effective and efficient Prompt Engineer. And those that have the best skills to build the best prompts come from a background that leaves many speechless. We will explore why and how you can become teachable and correctable for the decades ahead.
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