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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Google Maps, Quora & Other Things

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 17:00

  4. Smartphone in hand, PETER checks his Local Guide account in Google Maps.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I've so far contributed 16,123 times. My contributions with featured photos/videos have over 78 million views.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I haven't contributed much recently. But people continue to view my reviews about places that I've been to.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I give fair reviews on tourist attractions including restaurants in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although I'm a stranger on the internet, I'm like their personal guide.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Relying on my reviews as an additional tool, their trips and eating experience can be more value-added.

  14. Act 2


  16. Seeing e-notifications from Quora, Peter checks his Quora account.

  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I joined Quora in 2019 as I needed an internet platform to air my opinions on serious matters, like governance and leadership.

  18. Reading statistics.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I contributed 11.2 k answers to questions posted by Quorans to me. Just this month, there're 5.8 k content views.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I've already stopped contributing since March this year. Anyhow, Quorans are still sharing my answers to others.

  22. Smiling.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This is amazing!

  24. Thinking.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The fundamentals that I shared in my answers are timeless.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I stopped answering questions because AI language models can provide general answers in seconds.

  28. Pausing.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I want to focus on writing better screenplays as I enjoy the creative process.

  30. Peter checks the "Wix" App on screen.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Since I started my own website in 2017, I've created over 1900 posts.

  32. Pausing.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The initial few hundreds were like short articles. I just wanted to manage and share my knowledge and insight.

  34. Pausing.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The subsequent ones are all in the screenplay format as I know how to structure and format visual storytelling.


  37. INT. STUDY - DAY (2014)

  38. Peter works tirelessly before his laptop.

  39. PETER (V.O.): I attempt to write a 120-page feature screenplay for a possible 120-minute movie "24 Hours Before and After".

  40. Pausing.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's a docudrama, narrating my emotional challenges and resolutions in the 48 hours before and after retirement.

  42. Pausing.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But the story is more than that. Via flashbacks, I write my autobiography.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm going to use my work to participate in prestigious screenplay competitions.

  46. Daydreaming.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And if my screenplay is recognized as a gem, I hope to sell the screenplay right for US$1million.

  48. Smiling.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Not a bad way to work creatively in retirement!


  51. Act 3


  53. Having input the prompt: "Google Maps, Quora & Other Things" in an AI art generator, Peter sees a cubist image appearing.

  54. PETER (V.O.): Sharing my stories publicly, I hope I may touch the hearts of others.

  55. Reflecting.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The things I do for myself are gone when I'm gone; but the things I do for others may remain as my legacy.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's what I've decided to leave, not just for, but in people.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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