Starting Your Journey | Learn Prompting: Your Guide to Communicating with AI

Lucas Charbonnier

Lucas Charbonnier

Oct 25, 20233 min read

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Starting Your Journey | Learn Prompting: Your Guide to Communicating with AI

When it comes to learning prompt engineering, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. The best way to start your journey is to experiment with your own prompts. As the maintainer of this course, I always write my prompts from scratch. Trial and error is the key to learning, so don't be afraid to try different techniques and approaches. Good luck with the rest of this course!

Le devoir, or "duty" in English, can be seen as a self-imposed obligation. However, the nature of duty can vary greatly depending on whether it is a deeply moral obligation or a socially enforced one. In the context of moral obligation, duty is what we demand of ourselves based on moral values that we consider to be superior to all others. On the other hand, duties driven by social conformity may not hold the same weight.

According to Kant, the "categorical imperative" is an unconditional universal commandment. It states that a moral being must want to help a child in danger, knowing that they can provide assistance. This imperative holds intrinsically and does not depend on any conditions. Acting out of duty, therefore, means acting based on moral principles rather than personal inclinations, fear of punishment, or the hope of rewards.

There are also "hypothetical imperatives," which are conditional commands. True duty is performed freely, meaning that it cannot be imposed by force. It is a self-imposed obligation that we willingly undertake. It is important to distinguish between duty as a moral obligation and duty as a social or societal obligation. In every society, there are multiple sets of conduct that we internalize gradually and unconsciously through our education and socialization process. These values become our "social superego," and this is what we refer to as conformity – following the moral standards of the group.

Collective moralities prioritize the cohesion of the group, making the group the supreme value. As a result, the duties imposed by each group or society are often in opposition to one another. This fundamental difference separates social duty from moral duty. Moral duty is universalizable and applies to all human beings, not just members of a specific group. It is not socially enforced but freely chosen.

True duty promotes the absolute value of every individual and stems from the equal dignity of all human beings. Duty is what we owe to others as equals. Therefore, duty is indispensable and will always remain so until love for others is fully present in each one of us – a state that may be elusive as long as humans are as they are.

In conclusion, prompt engineering is a skill that can be honed through experimentation and trial and error. There is no single correct way to write the best prompts, so it is essential to explore different approaches. Similarly, duty can take on various forms – moral or social. Moral duty, driven by universal principles, holds intrinsic value and is not contingent on external factors. On the other hand, social duty is often a result of conformity and adherence to group morals. To navigate the complexities of duty, it is crucial to understand the distinction between moral and social obligations. By recognizing the importance of individual dignity and the universalizability of moral duty, we can strive to fulfill our obligations in a way that promotes the well-being of all.

Actionable Advice:

1. Experiment with different prompt engineering techniques to find what works best for you. Don't be afraid to try new approaches and learn from your mistakes.

2. Reflect on the motivations behind your actions. Are you acting out of moral duty or social conformity? Understanding your intentions can help you navigate the complexities of obligation.

3. Strive to uphold the equal dignity of all individuals. Act based on universal principles rather than solely adhering to the expectations of a particular group or society.

Resource:

  1. "🟢 Starting Your Journey | Learn Prompting: Your Guide to Communicating with AI", https://learnprompting.org/docs/basics/starting_your_journey (Glasp)
  2. "Le devoir", https://www.annabac.com/cours-en-ligne/le-devoir (Glasp)

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