A prompt must be given to a generative AI tool in order to produce content in response.
Generative AI tools work with masses of data. An algorithm then scrambles and re-assembles that content in response to directive prompts you provide.
Generative AI (such as ChatGPT or Dall.e2) requires a prompt in the form of text. Other generative AI will have a series of prompts for users to select in order to generate content or will require a file to be uploaded to the generative AI tool.
With any prompt a user should be clear and concise in what it they want the generative AI to create. For generative AI that use text-based prompts, it is useful to continually refine your wording. Start with an initial prompt and then continue to review the content produced by the generative AI and adapt your prompt to improve the output.
Be specific - “Give me ten dot points on.....”, or “Make a visual map of literature review steps”, or “In 50 words or less explain.....”
Have a tone - “Explain to a grade 12 student......”, “Write in a polite manner......” or “Create a calm binaural soundscape for focused study”
Achievable goal - “Translate text to......” or “Write a press release......” or “Explain quantum mechanics.....” or “Generate a photo of cell structure that include labels”
These tools work best when given these types of prompts and struggle to create meaningful content when given ambiguous and open-ended prompts.
To learn more about writing prompts check out the article How to perfect your prompt writing for ChatGPT, Midjourney and other AI generators
When you are exploring generative AI you need to determine which tools match your purpose. Keep in mind that many AI tools require paid subscriptions to access and will have different terms and conditions on ownership of the content generated and how you can use it.
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ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer) is a chatbot developed by OpenAI. It uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) to answer questions, write content, summarise information and more, in a conversational tone.
Stable Diffusion is an AI art generator that enables users to create unique imagery from short text descriptions, also known as prompts.
DALL·E 2 is an AI system that enables users to create images and art from a text description in natural language.
AIVA is AI composing software that empowers creators to make royalty free music.
Explainpaper allows users to upload a paper, highlight confusing text, and get an explanation.
Jasper is a generative AI platform targeted to businesses that helps users create content such as social media posts, advertising, emails, articles and imagery.
Gen-1 Runway uses images and text prompts to generate videos.
GitHub Copilot is an AI pair programmer that translates natural human language into programming code.
Elicit and Scite are based on language models that attempt to summarise and extract information from papers, to locate other papers they deem to be relevant to your paper and provide analysis for citations from a paper.
Tome enables users to create content such as presentations, portfolios, guides, reports and more. You describe the topic in a prompt and Tome will source the information and imagery for you to adapt.
There are heaps of generative AI tools out there. Each one has its own pros and cons.
You may need to go searching and investigating, to find a generative AI tool that meets your purpose.
Signing up to most generative AI tools is free now. Be aware users may need to pay to use these tools in the future.