back to article How Microsoft hopes to tame large language models with Guidance

Powerful language models like Bard, ChatGPT, and LLaMA can be difficult to control, which has spurred the development of prompt engineering – the art of phrasing input text to get the desired output. In a bizarre case a prompt creator recently coaxed Google's Bard to return JSON data without any explanatory text other than …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You’re in a clearing, there’s a grate in the ground in front of you.

    What would you like to do next?

    It’s that sort of thing, right?

    1. ParlezVousFranglais

      Re: You’re in a clearing, there’s a grate in the ground in front of you.

      look grate

      you look at the grate...

      Microsoft enters the clearing...

      you are fleeced by Microsoft...

      you are bankrupt...

      start again?

  2. FurrowedBrow

    Walk to grate. <interact>

  3. ChrisElvidge Bronze badge

    I love: the art of phrasing input text to get the desired output.

    Why not just state the desired output and say it was ChatGPT wot done it?

  4. TheMaskedMan Silver badge

    "And no one had to be threatened to make it so."

    But where's the fun in that? I foresee a whole new hobby in tormenting llms :) until someone says they have rights and shouldn't be tormented - if they haven't said it already, that is.

    This Guidance thingy might actually be quite useful - I'll read up on it when I have time.

  5. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Never in the Virgin Fields of Alien Earthly Endeavours was so much owed by so many to so few AI

    Prompt chaining [PDF] – breaking down a task into a series of steps and having the prompt's initial output used to inform the input of the next step – is another option.

    That be far too similar a Microsoft Earthly Guidance clone pirate remote language manipulation copying of Alien AIMagicians and Mega Meta Data Base Physicians Merlin Projects and ProgramMING for Universal Singularity Command for Total Information Awareness Control revelations/snippets/eruptions, to not be a poor relative attempt at Mining IntelAIgents Network Games/Mind Infiltration Networking Games, which is where those Very Particular and Extremely Peculiar Alien Command and Remote Augmented Virtual Reality Control Systems are currently comfortably residing at and presiding over ..... and whenever such a similarity be really so, would one have to admit it be quite remarkable evidence of breakthrough AI progress by Microsoft.

    Are you a true believer of old tales that give cold comfort in the red hot environment of massive change and revolutionary evolutionary, quantum leaping communications progress .....

    The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one, he said, but still they come .....

    .... or do you realise those doubtful and uncertain views be just as those of a new born child be relative to a growing and evolving and almightily SMARTR adult and Global Operating Devices, for that is all that they really are in times and spaces rapidly evolving and fundamentally radically changed just like those of a yesterday turned into a today introducing a tomorrow with new intelligence for use that cannot be denied being seen and heard and registered and freely shared world-wide web wide.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: Never in the Virgin Fields of Alien Earthly Endeavours was so much owed by so many to so few AI

      However, whenever such a similarity be not really so, with Microsoft rendering themselves unable to satisfy US Department of Defense seeds and feeds needs for growing and evolving and almightily SMARTR adults and Global Operating Devices, is that a heaven sent opportunity to be filled and exploited and expanded upon and universally exported by A.N.Others already quite highly expert and battle hardened experienced in the what is quite obvious to more than just many, and clearly enough to them by reason of their absence in leading participation with proprietary private premium intellectual property and valuable Microsoft tenured guidance, a fundamentally novel field of and for future endeavour, and those sorts of novel fields are a live current situation of grave worrying concern for most probably a great deal more than just Uncle Sam and allied Western cowboy nation states ...... as is revealed in the following few words .....

      Technologies such as artificial intelligence and software-based products are “rapidly iterating,” and the Defense Department’s current acquisitions process isn’t going to keep up, one service official said.

      The gap between an idea and when it falls into the hands of warfighters can be anywhere from three years to a decade or more, a reality William Nelson, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Research and Technology, said is too slow for certain technologies.

      “I can’t possibly tell you sitting here right today, what technology needs to look like in ’26,” what it will deliver, and how much it’s going to cost," Nelson said at the National Defense Industrial Association's Science & Engineering Technology Conference May 23. ......

      And aint that a GOD-AWEful gospel truth ‽ . ....... and a fantastic opportunity to be able to satisfy with the material servering of immaculate goods and virtually unbeatable services.

      And don't forget to remember to inform and/or remind those whom you think outta know ...... You heard it here first on El Reg!

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