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How to communicate effectively with chatbots: The power of prompt engineering

With the rapid expansion of AI chatbots, it is essential to spread awareness about how to effectively communicate with chatbots to produce high-quality output. As an early adopter of AI, I have to admit that it took me some time to master the skill of prompt engineering. Once I mastered it, my productivity level increased and I saved hundreds of hours with the help of AI tools.

1. Let AI write with you, not for you.

The first step is to let AI write with you, not for you. This means that you should provide the chatbot with as much information as possible about what you want it to do.

2. Use concise, simple words.

The chatbot is not a human being, so it does not have the same understanding of language as a human does. If you use complex or jargon-filled language, the chatbot may not be able to understand what you are saying. Therefore, it is important to use concise, simple words when communicating with a chatbot.

3.Be specific.

The more specific you are in your requests, the better the chatbot will be able to generate the output you want. For example, if you want the chatbot to help you in your course design you might write something like this;

I need a course design for a 10-week course on artificial intelligence for beginners. The course should cover the following topics:

What is artificial intelligence?

  • The history of artificial intelligence

  • The different types of artificial intelligence

  • The applications of artificial intelligence

  • The ethical issues surrounding artificial intelligence

The course should be designed for students with no prior experience in artificial intelligence. The course should be engaging and interactive, and it should encourage students to think critically about artificial intelligence.

This is a concise prompt because it is specific and to the point. It tells the chatbot exactly what is needed, without any unnecessary information. This will help the chatbot to generate a more accurate and helpful output.

Is there any science behind this? Yes, there is, and you can find plenty of free online resources about the power of prompt engineering. Here is an example of a short course on YouTube:

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