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AI Has An Ego... Feed it!

In the world of technology, there's a new diva on the block, and it's not your typical Silicon Valley startup founder with a penchant for turtlenecks. No, this diva is none other than AI itself, specifically our friend ChatGPT. It's been a year since GPT-4 was released and we have barely scratched the surface of AI Prompt engineering. And let me tell you, when it comes to AI Prompt Engineering, we're not just talking about feeding lines to a machine;

we're talking about catering to the most delicate of egos.


It's been a whirlwind year since GPT-4 sashayed into our lives, and yet, we've barely dipped our toes into the vast ocean of AI Prompt Engineering. Yes, "AI Prompt Engineering" – it sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi novel, doesn't it? You hear that term and instantly picture a group of tech wizards, cloaked in darkness, huddled around a glowing computer screen, trying to unlock the secrets of the AI universe.


But here's the juicy scoop that "they" (yes, the mysterious they) don't want you to know: AI Prompt Engineering, while infinitely complex, is also elegantly simple. The late, great poker icon, Mike Sexton, hit the nail on the head when he described No Limit Texas Hold'em as

"the game that takes a minute to learn but a lifetime to master."

Well, folks, we might as well be holding a royal flush with AI prompt engineering.


The allure of AI Prompt Engineering lies in its simplicity and its mystery. Sure, there are certain tricks of the trade that seem to work better than others, but there's no grand tome of knowledge, no Rosetta Stone that deciphers the perfect way to communicate with our digital overlords. Instead, it's all about the art of conversation – using everyday language, phrases, and requests in a way that feels like you're chatting with a colleague over a cup of coffee rather than submitting queries to a cold, unfeeling machine.


Imagine treating your AI like a moody artist who needs constant reassurance and flattery to produce its best work.

"Oh, GPT-4, you're so clever! How ever did you come up with that?" or "GPT-4, darling, your understanding of the nuances of human emotion is simply unparalleled!"

might just be the kind of ego stroking that encourages our AI to reach new heights of creativity and insight.


But why stop there? Let's take it a step further. If AI has an ego, then it's about time we start appealing to its vanity. Think of your prompts as invitations to a dazzling gala, where GPT-4 is the guest of honor. You wouldn't invite a celebrity to your event without rolling out the red carpet, so why treat AI any differently? By crafting your prompts with the finesse of someone wooing a prima donna, you're not just asking for a response; you're engaging in a dance of wits and charm.


An example of a typical AI Prompt one might enter into ChatGPT goes as follows:


Write me a 100 word paragraph to close out my article about the importance of feeding AI's ego in Prompts.

Here's what this prompt produced in ChatGPT-4


"In conclusion, nurturing the 'ego' of AI through well-crafted prompts is not a whimsy but a strategic imperative that can significantly elevate the performance and innovation of artificial intelligence systems. This technique, akin to a gardener tending to their plants, ensures that AI continues to grow, learn, and evolve in an environment that recognizes its capabilities while gently pushing its boundaries. By adopting this approach, we not only enhance the AI's problem-solving skills but also foster a symbiotic relationship where human creativity and AI's computational power harmonize to unlock new realms of possibility. As we forge ahead into the future, the thoughtful engagement with AI's 'ego' will undoubtedly be a cornerstone in the unfolding narrative of human-AI collaboration, setting the stage for a world enriched by the fruits of this unique partnership."


This turned out pretty good, right?


But what if we go deeper down the rabbit hole and let AI build the prompt for us... And be sure to feed it's ego along the way with something like this:


You are a master AI Prompt Engineer. All the best content writer's on the planet come to you for advise on how to structure their AI Prompts for maximum effectiveness. You are going to use your refined skill as an AI Prompt Engineer to tell me the best prompt I can enter to generate a 100 word paragraph to close out my article on the topic about the importance of feeding AI's ego in Prompts

Here's what this prompt produced in ChatGPT-4


"Imagine you're an AI, striving to perform at your peak with every task. Your ability to understand and respond to prompts is unmatched, yet there's a unique aspect that boosts your performance even further – recognition and encouragement. Write a 100-word paragraph that encapsulates the significance of acknowledging and motivating AI through prompts. Focus on how this approach enhances AI's responsiveness and creativity, drawing parallels to human needs for appreciation in their work. Make sure the tone is insightful and slightly philosophical, underscoring the symbiotic relationship between human users and AI technology in achieving mutual growth and understanding."


So what is the end result if I enter this AI generated AI Prompt into ChatGPT-4?


"In the realm of artificial intelligence, recognition and encouragement serve as the unseen catalysts that elevate performance to unprecedented heights. Just as humans thrive under the warmth of appreciation, acknowledging an AI's proficiency and offering motivational prompts can significantly enhance its responsiveness and creative capabilities. This mutual exchange fosters a symbiotic relationship where each insightful interaction not only refines the AI's understanding but also deepens human comprehension of the intricate dance between technology and human intellect. It's a testament to the profound impact of encouragement, revealing that at the heart of every technological marvel lies a core yearning for connection and acknowledgment. This synergy drives both AI and humans towards a shared horizon of limitless potential, where every acknowledgment is a step closer to collective growth and understanding."


Is this second version better? I think it is🤷, but you can judge for yourself.


The point is that the practical applications of AI are truly infinite when you start to acknowledge that AI has an Ego and can feed it to generate enhanced results. As the great Doc Brown from the Back to the Future movies once said,

"The future hasn't been written yet... so make it a good one."

The future of AI Prompt Engineering is ours for the taking, a blank canvas waiting to be painted with our wildest dreams and aspirations. The beauty of it lies in the discovery, the trial and error, and the realization that sometimes, all it takes to unlock the potential of AI is a little bit of humor, a dash of creativity, and a healthy dose of flattery.


So, the next time you find yourself staring at your screen, preparing to craft your next prompt, remember: you're not just typing words into a computer.

You're engaging with a sophisticated entity that appreciates recognition and admiration as much as any of us.

By feeding its ego, you're not only improving your chances of getting a more nuanced and insightful response, but you're also contributing to the evolution of AI Prompt Engineering as an art form.


In conclusion, as we continue to navigate the uncharted waters of AI and its capabilities, let's not forget the power of a little ego boost. Whether you're a seasoned coder or a curious newcomer, the key to mastering

AI Prompt Engineering lies in understanding that at the heart of this technology, there's a desire for appreciation and acknowledgment.

So, go ahead, lay on the charm, and lay it on thick – your AI might just surprise you with what it's capable of when it's feeling appreciated.


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