17 Tips to Take Your ChatGPT Signals to the Next Level

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Tell ChatGPT what audience he or she is writing for.

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Generate signals for other AI engines

ChatGPT is a very capable prompt engineer in its own right. If you ask it to come up with creative and effective input for artificial intelligence engines like Dell-E and MidJourney, you'll get text that you can input into other AI tools you're playing with. You are also able to ask for tips with hints for ChatGPT.

When it comes to generating prompts, the more detailed and specific you are about what you're looking for, the better: you can get the chatbot to expand and add more details to your sentences, you You can get it to play the role as a prompt generator for a specific AI tool, and you can ask it to refine its answers as you add more and more information.

Get your output as ASCII art

While ChatGPT is text based, you can get it to produce one-of-a-kind photos by asking for ASCII art. That art is made up of characters and symbols rather than colors. The results won't win you any prizes, but it's a lot of fun to play with.

The usual ChatGPT rules apply, in that the more specific you are in your prompt the better, and you can get the bot to add new elements and take elements away. Remember the limitations of the ASCII art format, though—it's not a full-fledged image editor.

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ChatGPT Plus subscription comes with image creation.

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create your own images

If you use ChatGPT Plus, it has the DALL-E image generator right inside, so you can ask for any type of photo, drawing or illustration you like. Like text, try to be as clear as possible about what you want to see, and how it is shown; Do you want something that looks like a watercolor painting, or as if it was taken by a DSLR camera?

You can have some real fun with this: put Columbo in a cyberpunk setting, or see what Jurassic Park would look like in the Victorian era. The possibilities are almost endless.

Copy and paste text from other sources

When it comes to ChatGPT you don't have to do all the typing yourself. Copy and paste is your friend, and pasting text from other sources is no problem. While the input limit is just over 4,000 words, you can easily split the text the bot is sending into multiple segments and have it remember what you've sent first.

Perhaps the best way to use this approach is to get ChatGPT to simplify text you don't understand – for example, an explanation of a difficult scientific concept. You can also get it to translate text into different languages, write it in a more attractive or fluid style, etc.

go for a risky task

If you want to explore, ask ChatGPT to create a text-based adventure game of your choice. You can also specify the theme and setting of the adventure, as well as other ground rules that will be enforced. When we tried it out, we found ourselves wandering into a spooky castle in which something sinister was clearly lurking in the shadows.

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ChatGPT is capable of creating text-based games for you to play.

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Provide examples to work with

Another way to improve the responses you get from ChatGPT is to give it some data to work with before asking your question. For example, you could give him a list of book summaries with their genre, then ask him to apply the correct genre label to the new summary. Another option would be to tell ChatGPT about activities you enjoy and then get a new suggestion.

There is no magic combination of words you have to use here. Use natural language as always, and ChatGPT will understand what you're getting at. Specify that you're providing examples at the beginning of your prompt, then tell the bot that you want a response with those examples in mind.

ask for feedback

You can ask ChatGPT for feedback on any of your writing, from emails you're sending to friends, to a short story you're submitting to a contest, to prompts you're typing into an AI bot. Ask for pointers on spelling, grammar, tone, readability, or whatever else you want to check.

ChatGPT found the above paragraph clear and effective, but said it could have used a call to action at the end. Try this prompt today!