Time Travel

In 1953, You Didn’t Need AI to Listen to Socrates

Nancy Friedman
5 min readJun 2, 2023
“The Death of Socrates,” by Jacques Louis David (1787). Via Wikipedia

On Twitter last week, a Barcelona-based “AI educator and designer,” Linus Ekenstam, posted a short video generated by artificial-intelligence software in which Microsoft founder Bill Gates appears to be chatting with the Greek philosopher Socrates, who died in 399 BCE. “Is this the future of podcasts?” Ekenstam asked, clearly dazzled.

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Nancy Friedman

Writer, name developer, brand consultant, idea-ist, ex-journalist. @fritinancy on Mastodon, Instagram, Bluesky, Threads, and elsewhere.