The Psychological Weirdness of “Prompt Engineering”

It’s like playing Taboo with an alien creature

Clive Thompson

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Midjourney creation from the prompt “pac-man screen, pac man, ghosts, inky, blinky, clyde, pac man maze, pac man, in the style of mondrian, modern art, modernism, bloom”

“Prompt engineering” is a funny phrase, isn’t it?

It’s the term of art for when you feed a textual prompt to an AI (like DALL-E or Midjourney ) to get it to produce a picture, or when you ask the code-generating AI Copilot to write some software.

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Clive Thompson

I write 2X a week on tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer at NYT mag/Wired; author, “Coders”. @clive@saturation.social clive@clivethompson.net