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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Tech Ties

Updated: Jun 15, 2023

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 10:00

  4. PETER researches with his smartphone.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I've a lunch meeting at the Science Park today.

  6. Researching.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's about R&D of integrated circuit (IC) design and manufacturing.

  8. Researching.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'd better keep myself update on the current tech development.

  10. Recalling.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I joined the Intellectual Property Dept (IPD) in 1992, I was charged with the responsibility to design a law protecting IC topography...

  12. Act 2


  14. Peter sits on the left of the HOST. The Host introduces GENTLEMAN#1 on his right to Peter.

  15. HOST: An IC doctor from South Korea...

  16. PETER: Months ago, I was in Seoul, visiting my elder daughter and her boyfriend. She's learning Korean at Seoul National University.

  17. GENTLEMAN#2 joins and sits next to Peter.

  18. PETER: I'm Peter.

  19. GENTELMAN#2: I'm Kuma...

  20. PETER: That's Japanese...

  21. KUMA: I've Japanese clients. I'm actually from Shenzhen...You speak Japanese?

  22. PETER: I'm learning...three of my four children speak Japanese...

  23. KUMA: I majored in IC in Hunan University. Upon graduation, I went to Shenzhen.

  24. PETER: It's a zone of opportunities. Even entrepreneurs from Inner Mongolia would go there.

  25. KUMA: I've been in the memory chip business for over 20 years and have many English-speaking clients...

  26. When ALL are seated, Peter introduces himself briefly.

  27. PETER: I designed the Hong Kong law on the protection of layout-design (topography) of IC.

  28. Pausing.

  29. PETER (Cont'd): The Hong Kong legislature passed the law in 1994 without any query.

  30. LADY#1: The law makers might not know what it's all about...

  31. PETER: It was quite new. A Taiwan friend was anxious to have a copy.

  32. PETER (Cont'd): Knowing its complexity, I made the law as user-friendly as possible so that Hong Kong can be a hub for the R&D of the deep tech.

  33. LADY#2: We'd invite you to talk more about it.

  34. As food is put on the table, all begin to eat. Peter talks to Kuma.

  35. PETER: I'm not a techie. Although I can't be innovative, I can be creative.

  36. KUMA: What do you do?

  37. PETER: Eg, I write and publish screenplays daily. I've accumulated over 1000 works.

  38. Tapping his smartphone, Peter shows Kuma and Lady#3 his screenplays with images.

  39. KUMA: You must be enjoying the creative process...How did it start?

  40. PETER: When I was heading IPD, I wanted to showcase to all the creativity in us.

  41. Peter shows them the screenplay of "Kaji: Me Versus Me", highlighting his photo and AI drawing.

  42. KUMA: You did all that? Can I take a photo of it?

  43. PETER: Yes!

  44. PETER (V.O.): It's good that my stuff is appreciated.

  45. PETER (Cont'd): I even write songs for my pet.

  46. LADY#3: I can understand that. I've a pet too.

  47. KUMA: You're the most interesting person I've ever met!

  48. PETER: Is that right?

  49. PETER (V.O.): Perhaps, tech can make people to be human again.

  50. Act 3

  51. INT. STUDY - 23:30

  52. Peter works on his laptop.

  53. PETER (V.O.): With tech, humans need not be idiots, we can extend themselves.

  54. Pausing.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Must human ties prevail over tech ties? Tech, like art, requires the exercise of intensive intellectual effort.

  56. Thinking.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To me, the impact of tech-cum-humanity need not be imagined but can be seen.

  58. Peter stares at one of his AI drawings.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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