Simon Willison’s Weblog


Sunday, 23rd April 2023

A lot of people who claim to be doing prompt engineering today are actually just blind prompting. "Blind Prompting" is a term I am using to describe the method of creating prompts with a crude trial-and-error approach paired with minimal or no testing and a very surface level knowedge of prompting. Blind prompting is not prompt engineering. [...] In this blog post, I will make the argument that prompt engineering is a real skill that can be developed based on real experimental methodologies.

Mitchell Hashimoto

# 4:08 am / ai, prompt-engineering, generative-ai, llms

Weeknotes: Citus Con, PyCon and three new niche museums

I’ve had a busy week in terms of speaking: on Tuesday I gave an online keynote at Citus Con, “Big Opportunities in Small Data”. I then flew to Salt Lake City for PyCon that evening and gave a three hour workshop on Wednesday, “Data analysis with SQLite and Python”.

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Introducing PyPI Organizations. Launched at PyCon US today: Organizations allow packages on the Python Package Index to be owned by a group, not an individual user account. “We’re making organizations available to community projects for free, forever, and to corporate projects for a small fee.”—this is the first revenue generating PyPI feature.

# 8:29 pm / open-source, packaging, pypi, python, psf