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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Artistic Intelligence

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 11:00

  4. Checking WeChat on his mobile, PETER sees look-a-like Happy 2024 greetings.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Let me reciprocate with my unique AI generated greeting card.

  6. We see Peter sending the AI drawing depicting a guitar man in the 2024 context with some unrecognizable pictograms.

  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I won't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

  8. Soon, Peter sees on screen many "cool" and thumbs-up emogi. He checks a remark.

  9. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): This is from Vincent. Even he finds the drawing artistic!

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Vincent was a visual artist. You can tell by his name.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I'm thinking of creating a 2024 MV of my song "Happy Birthday to You", using AI drawings as visuals.

  14. Act 2


  16. We follow Peter to see on his mobile AI drawings, most of which depicting charming pretty girls.

  17. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Like other bots, this one also has a gender bias.

  18. Smiling.

  19. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Perhaps, there're too many "he-roes" in the real world, now let "she-roes" conquer the virtual one!

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): This bot has another bias. It applies the attributes of one character to all subsequent characters.

  22. Peter takes a look of AI drawings depicting white-haired men and women.

  23. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): This is so even though the appearances of other characters are clearly specified.

  24. Prompting "Artistic Intelligence", Peter sees the bot generating a drawing filled with girls and boys.

  25. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Led by a "she-roe" ...five girls and four boys in total...

  26. Smiling.

  27. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): This is extraordinary. I like it. Art is free, whether it's human or artificial.

  28. Pausing.

  29. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Actually, I've already given up specifying the number of characters in a drawing, as the bot miscalculates all the time.

  30. Peter checks a few other AI drawings on screen.

  31. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Some of them look odd, like characters with three hands or legs, or a guitarist pressing the headstock rather than the fretboard.

  32. Peter tabs the Google Photos app and opens a "magic eraser".

  33. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): To salvage some nice drawings, I'd use this tool. It requires labour, skill and judgment.

  34. Peter succeeds in some but fails in others.

  35. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Furthermore, the bot can't spell properly. When I prompt "October", I get "Octolber". Amusing though!

  36. Pausing.

  37. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The bot also claims to have certain policies and would refuse certain prompts.

  38. Smiling.

  39. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd):  How can "A Healthy 2024 from a handsome, white-haired, bespectacled guitar man" violates its policy?

  40. Pausing.

  41. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): And after a while, I've no more free prompts left and have to subscribe if I want to continue.

  42. Pausing.

  43. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I won't subscribe, I know I'm too obsessed with AI already. Enough is enough.

  44. Thinking.

  45. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): If art is a line around my thoughts, I confess that I can't draw that line by myself.

  46. Recalling.

  47. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): When I got a secured job in 1974, I learned to draw. But it led me nowhere.

  48. Staring at the AI drawings, Peter is in deep thoughts.

  49. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): While any beautiful body perishes, a work of art may not die.

  50. Putting aside his mobile to stretch his hands, Peter looks tired.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. STUDY - 20:00

  53. Working on a laptop, Peter inserts his AI drawing of "Artistic Intelligence" into a draft.

  54. PETER (V.O): In the AI era, art is no longer associated with just human creativity and emotion, but also with technology and cognitive abilities.

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): With intelligent human prompts, machines, despite their limitations, can generate artistic expressions that resonate with human emotions.

  57. Beside Peter is an iPad Mini. We see a MV project containing just original AI drawings.

  58. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): With the help of ArtTech, I can also set a trend to appreciate imperfections in all artistic expressions.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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