The Rise of AI Freelancing: Greg's Path from Engineer to Prominent AI Expert
Explaining needs step-by-step, whether it's creating a holiday itinerary or developing an action plan for social media, ChatGPT is encouraged to think more linearly and provide more detailed response.
Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing the business world, and more individuals are taking advantage of its benefits. Freelance platforms like Upwork and Fiverr now have dedicated sections for AI-related services, reflecting the growing demand in this field.
To gain insights into the AI world, we had the opportunity to speak with Greg Schwartz, one of the top freelancers in the industry. In this interview, we'll break the ice and delve into the fascinating world of AI with Greg, exploring his journey and experiences as an AI freelancer.
Greg's Journey: From Engineer to UX Designer to AI Freelancer
Greg's career path took an interesting route before he ventured into the AI industry. Despite having a degree in Information and Computer Science, he initially worked as a full-stack engineer and gained experience in front-end and back-end algorithms. However, he eventually discovered his passion for user experience design and obtained a diploma in Human-Computer Interaction from Stanford Grad School. He dedicated over 12 years to actively working in UX design before ChatGPT marked a significant turning point in his career.
In early 2023, Greg started exploring prompt engineering to gain new freelancing clients. Despite the initial challenges of finding enough information on this emerging concept, he was committed to developing relevant skills. He began learning about prompt engineering and started partnering with companies on prompt engineering projects. His background in User Experience design proved beneficial in developing prompt engineering skills.
Greg's exploration into prompt engineering led him to create the ChatGPT & Prompt Engineering Podcast on YouTube, where he shares how to write practical ChatGPT prompts. The podcast includes interviews with experts and newcomers, sharing their stories of how they got into it, learned about it, and how they currently use it. It also provides valuable tips on marketing and selling prompts to maximize skills.
In addition to the podcast, Greg also hosts a bi-weekly mastermind on Prompt Engineering Mastermind, where he explores prompting techniques and interviews experts and newbies. His dedication to sharing his knowledge and helping others learn about prompt engineering is evident in his work.
So why did ChatGPT become a game-changer for Greg? He said, "What's amazing about ChatGPT is that it's a generative AI. Although it's not the first of its kind, it surpasses anything that came before it by five orders of magnitude." Greg compares ChatGPT to an intern or assistant with a broad knowledge base on various topics, albeit without extensive details. When interacting with ChatGPT, it's crucial to guide it to provide more sophisticated answers that align with specific needs and desires on the other side of the screen. This overview sheds light on prompt engineering and Greg's current occupation as an AI freelancer.
Today, Greg is fully immersed in gaining generative AI and prompt engineering expertise. He has successfully pivoted his career and is now significantly impacting the AI industry as a freelancer.
Training Muscle Memory and Role Play: Key Strategies for Effective AI Communication
One of the critical strategies highlighted by Greg on his path to success is training muscle memory for prompt engineering, specifically how to communicate effectively with AI. While some people find AI quite mind-blowing, Greg compared it to planes flying in the older generation, saying, "I mean, it is weird, but here we are."
Greg learned prompt engineering by extensively reading about specific techniques and research papers from esteemed universities such as Harvard and Stanford. In one exciting article, researchers discussed the concept of "role play" with ChatGPT. This involves giving ChatGPT a specific role, such as a party planner or financial analyst, which has been proven to enhance the AI's ability to answer more clearly, concisely, and accurately.
Another concept that helped Greg understand how ChatGPT works is the concept of a chain of thought. By engaging in a conversation and explaining needs step-by-step, whether it's creating a holiday itinerary or developing an action plan for social media management, ChatGPT is encouraged to think more linearly and provide a more detailed response. Without a chain of thought, ChatGPT will likely give a generic and basic answer that may not meet the user's requirements.
Moreover, Greg shared that his experience as a UX designer dramatically assists him in creating customized prompts, as he understands the customers' needs and the best approach to address them. In most cases, he asks clients additional questions to envision the desired outcome of the prompt. Upwork also acknowledges that individuals with UX design experience, particularly in mental models, have a higher potential to excel in the AI freelance world. Understanding the mental model allows you to comprehend how others think, their knowledge, and other relevant factors. “You need to teach AI a mental model to understand your thought process, resulting in highly tailored and customized prompts,” concluded Greg.
Greg’s approach to prompt engineering involves a combination of continuous learning, community engagement, and practical application. His journey illustrates AI's potential and effective communication's value in unlocking this potential.
Exploring the Expansive Realm of Generative AI: Insights and Hiring Strategies Revealed
Generative AI encompasses more than well-known platforms like ChatGPT, Bing, and Bart. It is a rapidly evolving field with numerous applications that may not be widely known outside the artificial intelligence industry.
Each platform, ChatGPT, Bing, and Bard, has unique features and uses. For example, while Bing and Bart are unsuitable for building products, ChatGPT offers an API enabling product development. This makes ChatGPT a more versatile tool for businesses and developers.
Based on his experience, Greg concluded that those in the industry are more likely to utilize ChatGPT. When hiring someone from the industry, Greg suggests an intriguing approach: hiring them for an hour to provide coaching. This can offer valuable insights into generative AI and help assess their ability to explain artificial intelligence and its working processes. Whether the experience is positive or negative, it provides clarity.
Greg also emphasized considering two aspects when hiring someone from the industry. Some individuals excel in "text prompting," where they input and receive text output. Others specialize in "image prompting," exemplified by applications like Midjourney, which can quickly generate an image from a prompt like "a photo of a cat running after a dog."
There are other types of prompts to explore, such as "text-to-video" and "text-to-audio." Several AI tools can convert text to video or audio. Therefore, if you have experience with prompt engineering, consider hiring someone for a specific project, such as converting text to video, and use ChatGPT to assist with scriptwriting to reduce the workload.
In addition, generative AI is not limited to text, image, video, or audio generation. It can also be used for creating music, designing 3D models, simulating scenarios, and much more. The possibilities are vast and continually expanding as the field of AI evolves.
Follow Your Passion: The Future of AI Offers Opportunities in All Fields
“In the future, all fields related to AI have a significant chance to succeed in the competition,” noted Greg. The reasoning is simple: pursue your dreams and follow your passion. AI is poised to transform every industry. It is expected to fundamentally restructure broader swaths of our economy and society over the next decade. AI and machine learning will change the scientific method, and AI will become a pillar of foreign policy. It will also enable next-gen consumer experiences.
For instance, if you are passionate about “text-to-speech” prompts, you should delve deeper into it and specialize as a professional, regardless of others’ opinions. There are exciting developments in this area. A recent work called PromptTTS explores the possibility of utilizing text descriptions to guide speech synthesis. This system inputs a prompt with both style and content descriptions to synthesize the corresponding speech.
Moreover, there are promising opportunities for AI that augment human capabilities. AI systems can be precious when humans and AI have complementary strengths. For example, an AI system may be able to synthesize large amounts of clinical data to identify a set of treatments for a particular patient along with likely side effects.
Ultimately, you will find yourself in a win-win situation, doing something you love and gaining extensive knowledge to excel in a field poised for significant growth and transformation.
Greg's career journey from engineer to UX designer to AI freelancer highlights the transformative potential of exploring new fields. Through his dedication to prompt engineering and his expertise in user experience design, Greg has become a valuable contributor to the AI industry. As the field of AI continues to evolve, there are boundless opportunities for individuals to pursue their passions and contribute to the significant growth and transformation that AI offers.
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