Prompt engineering is not dead

IEEE Spectrum published that, ‘prompt engineering is dead’. Why? Because ‘new research suggests that prompt engineering is best done by the model itself, and not by a human engineer’. However, the research only tested the techniques on a single dataset of school-grade math problems, and it is unclear what they mean by “handtuned ‘positive thinking’ prompts”. Umar Butler thinks that prompt engineering will survive, perhaps by another name, and even though tools like DSPy are being touted as the answer to prompt engineering, they are not yet mature enough for production use. Additionally, prompt engineering is a complex process that requires careful consideration of the problem and the AI agents needed to solve it.

Source: Umar Butler






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