Prompt Engineering Hype Debunked: Communication Skills Key in AI Future, Says OpenAI

An OpenAI employee argues that prompt engineering, the skill of coaxing AI models to produce the best outputs, is not as revolutionary as it seems and that honing fundamental communication skills like reading, writing, and speaking will be more important in the future.


  • An OpenAI employee named Logan Kilpatrick believes that prompt engineering is not the skill of the future, despite its current hype.
  • Kilpatrick argues that effectively communicating with AI systems is no different from being an effective communicator with other humans.
  • The three underlying skills that truly matter, according to Kilpatrick, are reading, writing, and speaking.
  • Some users believe that learning how to talk to AI could even help humans become better communicators in general.
  • Kilpatrick's views come amid a growing trend of users integrating ChatGPT, a large language model chatbot, into their personal and professional lives.
  • Studies have shown that using emotional language and specific roles when interacting with ChatGPT can lead to better results.
  • Some business leaders believe that soft skills like communication, creativity, and flexibility will be crucial in the age of AI, as opposed to technical skills like coding.


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