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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The AI Era

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. EXT. ESTATE PARK - 16:15


  4. Sunny. PETER grabs Dai Kow, the family pet turtle, from a transparent plastic tank.


  5. PETER: Fly...


  6. On the ground, Dai Kow begins to check the environment.


  7. PETER (V.O.): Earlier, he was swimming in our bath tub.


  8. We see Dai Kow sticking out his neck.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I just want him to enjoy the sunshine. He can set his own pace walking anywhere.


  10. Dai Kow begins to walk towards a flower bed.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I know if there's anything blocking his way, he'd climb over it.


  12. Peter puts his feet to block Dai Kow's way. Not deterred, Dai Kow climbs past Peter's feet.


  13. Act 2


  14. FLASHBACK


  15. INT. STUDY - 11:00 (Earlier today)


  16. Peter is having screen time.


  17. PETER (V.O.): I'm interested to read tourists' reviews on Hong Kong.


  18. Reading.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): One common observation is the fast-paced Hong Kong lifestyle. One cited the fast speed of MTR escalators.


  20. Reading.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And most tourists speak high of Hong Kong and love it.

  22. Pausing.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Me too! I find myself privileged to be among the 7.4 million population in Hong Kong.


  24. Pausing.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And I, as a human being, am existing at this moment in time.


  26. Checking information on screen.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Earth is around 4.54 billion years old. The first living things appeared around 3.8 billion years ago.


  28. Checking.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): About 7 million years ago, the last common ancestor between humans and chimpanzees lived in Africa.


  30. Checking.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): About 4 million years ago, the first human-like ancestors appeared.


  32. Checking.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): About 300,000 years ago, humans appeared in Africa. And about 70,000 years ago, humans migrated out of Africa into other parts of the world.


  34. Checking.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): About 10,000 years ago, the agricultural revolution began, leading to the development of human societies and civilization.


  36. Pausing.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Throughout time, humans have undergone physical, behavioural and cultural changes.


  38. Recalling.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 1960, my family began to run a farm in Tin Sum San Tsuen. Initially, we didn't have electricity and portable water.


  40. Recalling.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 1988, I first used an office computer in the Attorney General's Chambers. I bought my first one in 1991.


  42. Pausing.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 2003, I had my first email account.


  44. Pausing.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 2016, I had my own websites.


  46. Pausing.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In March, 2023, I first used natural language models.


  48. Pondering.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Has the rate of human evolution slowed due to the advance of human-developed technology, including medicine?

  50. RETURN TO PRESENT


  51. Act 3


  52. EXT. ESTATE PARK - CONTINUOUS


  53. We see Dai Kow speeding towards the flower bed.


  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): With the rapid rise of natural language models, the pace of change and adaptation will be accelerated.


  55. Thinking.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For the first time in human evolution, one can also adapt better. More importantly, one has the opportunity to change the world.


  57. Thinking.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The key to survive and thrive in the AI era is to focus on skills and judgments that can't be easily learned by machines. I've to be more creative!


  59. FADE OUT


  60. THE END




















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