Prompt Crafting: “The” New Skill

OpenAI has announced plans to begin charging for access to ChatGPT, a widely popular AI-powered chatbot capable of composing essays, emails, poems, and even computer code. In a statement on the company’s official Discord server, OpenAI mentioned that they are considering monetizing ChatGPT as a means of securing the tool’s long-term sustainability.

As exciting as this is for ChatGPT lovers, it also heralds the requirement for the new skill of “prompt crafting” – the art of succinctly communicating requests to your AI coworker. This term should not be confused with terms of art like prompt engineering or prompt tuning, which each have very specific technical definitions.

Since this is just a term I like, prompt crafting is likely to be replaced with some colloquialism. No matter what you call it, this skill is going to be as important (from a productivity standpoint) as learning to write prose, do arithmetic, or send an email.

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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