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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

AI Systems

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. BEDROOM - 06:50


  4. PETER wakes up.


  5. PETER (V.O.): My biological clock knows that waking time is valuable to me now.


  6. Grabbing one smart phone, Peter turns on other phones.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I shut them down occasionally. Actually, they don't need to sleep.


  8. Having screen time.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me explore if there 's anything interesting.


  10. Reading articles on phone screen, Peter looks perplexed.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Who's the "Godfather of AI"?


  12. Thinking.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Should humans shun technology?


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - 17:30


  16. Sitting room. Files and papers are everywhere. Peter picks up a document to read.


  17. PETER (V.O.): Oh, it's a paper about AI systems.


  18. As Peter checks the footer of the paper, we see "Stanford, 1991".


  19. FLASHBACK


  20. INT. LAW REFORM COMMISSION SECRETARIAT - DAY (1991)


  21. Peter (36) reads a letter.


  22. PETER (V.O.): It's a communication from WIPO. A copyright law conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be held in Stanford University.


  23. Recalling.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While I was doing my LLM at UCL in 1986, a friend of a friend was reading a PhD on AI.


  25. Recalling.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I asked him to explain to me over lunch what AI is all about. He did explain it to me. But I can't remember a thing.


  27. Pausing.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I want to know what will be the international norm on authorship and ownership of AI or computer-generated works.


  29. INT. STANFORD UNIVERSITY - DAY (1991)


  30. Crowded lecture theatre. Peter is following a presentation in the AUDIENCE.


  31. PETER (V.O.): Setting the scene, the speaker says for AI, there're knowledge systems, expert systems and neural systems.


  32. Listening.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The facts and rules of knowledge and expertise are codified. Based on the input, the neural systems interpret them to solve problems.


  34. Thinking


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Well, the labour, skill and judgment can be done artificially...


  36. Thinking.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But to generate AI or computer works, humans have to make the necessary arrangements to make them happen.


  38. Thinking.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Copyright should recognize intellectual effort, not AI or any computing.


  40. END FLASHBACK


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When the technology-neutral Copyright Ordinance was enacted on June 27, 1997, my mission was accomplished.


  42. Pausing.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's only recently that AI has become a pet topic of the world.


  44. Pausing.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's likely that AI may become a digital god - omniscient on anything that's made available in cyberspace.


  46. Pausing.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's also feared that humans can't compete with AI and will be superseded, as humans' biological evolution is very slow.


  48. Thinking.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Will the 21st century mark the end of the human era?


  50. Daydreaming.


  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Will there'll be a time when humans will be to robots what dogs are to humans?


  52. Act 3


  53. INT. BEDROOM - 23:00


  54. Peter is reading an answer from ChatGPT on his phone screen.


  55. PETER (V.O.): Due to the development of machine learning and other AI techniques, the trend is to build more data-driven systems that can learn from large amounts of data.


  56. Thinking.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For the younger generation, their main purpose in life ie to procreate won't be taken over by AI robots.


  58. Thinking.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For the older generation - people like me - we should be wise enough to judge for ourselves what's actually the right thing to do in circumstances.


  60. Peter begins to give instructions to an AI drawing App.


  61. FADE OUT


  62. THE END


















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