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Generative AI Prompt text-to-text Introduction

What is text-to-text GenAI?

A text-to-text GenAI is an AI that Generates text based on text input.

An example of a text-to-text GenAI is ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI.

Text generation uses machine learning, existing data and previous user input in generating responses.

Text GenAI can be used to:

  • Understanding Text
  • Create content
  • Debug code
  • Education
  • Research
  • Translation
  • Virtual Assistant
  • And much, much more!

Giving GenAIs input is known as AI Prompt Writing or AI Prompt Engineering.

General Rules for Prompt Writing

When writing prompts for text-to-text GenAIs, the rules will differ depending on which platform you use, but here are some general rules:

  • Start simple - start with a simple prompt and build on it
  • Call to Action - start the prompt with an action word like "Write", "Create", or "Summarize" instead of "Can you"
  • Add Context - add specific and relevant context to the task you want to perform
  • Add Expectations - add clear and direct expectations for the content, like how long it should be and what to include


With the following prompt:

Create a list of 10 fun and inexpensive toy gifts to programmers based on the following criteria:

- It should be useful
- It should be silly
- It should spark creativity

A response from a GenAI (in this case, ChatGPT) could be: