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    they answered the question

    This is partially about prompt engineering and partially about what a good essay or search does. More than answer a question, perhaps? (this is engaged with in the essay, though not to my liking). Grimm

    The linked essay includes a sentiment connected with a common theme that I think is unfounded: denying the thinking and rethinking involved in effective prompting or querying, and reformulating both, hence my tag: prompting is thinking too:

    there is something about clear writing that is connected to clear thinking and acting in the world
    I don’t think that prompting, in its various forms, encourages and supports the same exact thinking as writing, in its various forms, but we would be remiss not to recognize that significant thinking can and does take place in interacting with (and through) computational devices via UIs in different ways (across time). (The theme reminds me also of the old critique of written language itself—as relayed in Plato’s dialogues—. Such critiques were, also, both not entirely wrong and yet also very ungracious and conservative? (And it reminds me that literacy itself—reading and writing—is a technology incredibly unequally distributed, with massive implications.))
    @ianarawjo via Twitter on Jul 30, 2023

    “Then my daughter started refining her inputs, putting in more parameters and prompts. The essays got better, more specific, more pointed. Each of them now did what a good essay should do: they answered the question.”

    @CoreyRobin via Twitter on Jul 30, 2023

    I asked my 15-year-old to run through ChatGPT a bunch of take-home essay questions I asked my students this year. Initially, it seemed like I could continue the way I do things. Then my daughter refined the inputs. Now I see that I need to change course.