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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Browsing Battles

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - 12:00

  4. PETER and his WIFE are watching TV news.

  5. PETER: It seems the Israeli ground offensive is about to begin.

  6. WIFE: Oh dear...

  7. PETER: More horrible battles...

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (Cont'd): The battles are actually on ideologies.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.):No power can defeat those who stand firm on ideologies.

  12. Act 2

  13. INT. SITTING ROOM - 13:00

  14. Glued to his smartphone, Peter sees App notifications.

  15. PETER (V.O.): I've been checking hotel booking platforms for unique contents the whole morning.

  16. Reading.

  17. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): With AI and big data, the travel Apps are competing for my browsing attention.

  18. Reading.

  19. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I also want to compare hotel options in Fukuoka.

  20. Browsing the content about the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Peter sees images including a clear glass vessel sink.

  21. PETER (to wife): Can you recall we stayed in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Fukuoka over 20 years ago? Its bath room has a clear glass wash basin...

  22. WIFE: Hmm, was it the one that our elder daughter had nearly fallen into the toilet?

  23. PETER: Yes.

  24. Smiling.

  25. PETER (V.O.): Years ago, she fell in love while studying in Fukuoka.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I visited her once in Fukuoka in Nov 2019. But my scheduled second visit in March 2020 was frustrated by Covid.

  28. Recalling.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although our elder daughter isn't living in Fukuoka, I still like to know more about the places and culture there.

  30. Pausing.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As I'm travelling solo, I just stay in value-for-money hotels. I rely on good reviews.

  32. We see a travel App notification on screen: Peter, are you still dreaming of visiting Sapporo in Feb 2024?

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, but I haven't been able to persuade my wife to join me.

  34. Clicking "Take me there", Peter reads some promos.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In Feb this year, I managed to persuade my younger son to join me to see the Sapporo Snow Festival 2023.

  36. Recalling.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I went in 2019 and 2020...But it's really cold to watch the festivals. I might not go in 2024.

  38. INT. STUDY - 21:00

  39. Peter opens a laptop.

  40. PETER (V.O.): Let me document my emotions in browsing travel Apps.

  41. Peter then sees a pop-up on screen: Viruses detected (7). Clean the computer...

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): OMG! Yesterday, I tried to set up a WiFi range extender with the laptop. Instead of establishing it, I saw some dubious pop-ups.

  43. Another pop-up appears: Renew your anti-virus licence.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I haven't subscribed to it at all. These're phishing attacks.

  45. Pausing.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My wife had similar experience last week. See if she can help me.

  47. Later, we see Peter's wife helping him to install an authentic anti-viruses software.

  48. WIFE: It seems the viruses are preventing the installation.

  49. Peter looks very frustrated.

  50. PETER (V.O.): I hate such viral browsing battles. They halt my dreams. They interrupt my creativity. I'm tripping into troubles, helplessly.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. SITTING ROOM - 22:30

  53. Typing natural language in his smartphone, Peter instructs his 文心一言 assistant.

  54. PETER (V.O.): See if she can visualize "Browsing Battles" and draw something that is good.

  55. As he sees an AI drawing depicting a lane of book stalls, Peter saves it.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's a very civilized perspective. I love it!

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Meanwhile, I need time to learn to fight and win my browsing battles.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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