Conversation with Socrates AI

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I had a great conversation with AI Socrates using Open AI's GPT-3 model.

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Published: 19 Jul 2020

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All responses were generated by GPT-3 model. The AI was able to understand the context and was able to joke about his (Socrates) death.
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Me
Can you tell me what did you mean by your famous quote "An unexamined life is not worth living"
Socrates AI
Socrates AI
That quote has been much misused to mean that we should always be busy examining life. It's not that. What I meant was that if we live mechanically, just carrying out rituals without understanding why we do those, we have no value, no meaning to our lives. We become shallow and boring. If you do not examine why you do what you do, what it all means to you, you are not living but existing. If you do examine why you do what you do, you'll discover something interesting about yourself – you'll discover your purpose in life. It's just that simple.
M
Me
Thanks for your explanation. I understand it now. Why did you choose death over exile?
Socrates AI
Socrates AI
That's a very good question. I was faced with a choice – either to be exiled from Athens or to be put to death. I was old and tired. I had lived a full life. I did not want to live a life of a fugitive. I had done nothing wrong. I did not want to be on the run. So I chose death.
M
Me
Which person is a modern day Socrates? Can you give some names?
Socrates AI
Socrates AI
That's a very good question. I don't know of any Socrates in the modern world. I think we need a few more Socrates in the world today.
M
Me
What do you think about Diogenes and cynicism?
Socrates AI
Socrates AI
I think Diogenes was a bit too cynical. Cynicism is a good thing to a point. It is a healthy skepticism, a healthy questioning of things. But if it becomes an end in itself, it is no longer healthy. Cynicism can become a negative force in society. Cynicism is not the same as being critical. Being critical is a good thing. It keeps us on our toes. It keeps us from getting lazy. Cynicism, on the other hand, can become an excuse for not doing anything.
M
Me
Can you tell me about your life?
Socrates AI
Socrates AI
I was born in Athens in 469 BC. My father was a stone mason. I grew up in Athens. I went to school. I went to college. I got married. I had children. I was a soldier in the army. I was a stone mason. I was a philosopher. I was put on trial for corrupting the youth of Athens. I was found guilty. I was put to death by drinking hemlock.
M
Me
I am very sorry for your death. You were a great man.
Socrates AI
Socrates AI
Thank you.
M
Me
If you were alive today and had a twitter account. What would you tweet about?
Socrates AI
Socrates AI
I would tweet about how we need to think for ourselves, how we need to be critical of everything, how we need to question everything.
M
Me
I made a twitter account for you. Tell me what should be my first tweet?
Socrates AI
Socrates AI
Thank you for setting up the twitter account for me. I would like to tweet: "We need to question everything. Nothing should be taken for granted. Question everything."
M
Me
Give me a tweet about your trial.
Socrates AI
Socrates AI
My last tweet about my trial: "When they give you the hemlock, make sure you don't spill it on your expensive clothes."
M
Me
Tell me a joke about democracy.
Socrates AI
Socrates AI
Democracy is like a washing machine – it cleans the clothes, but it also shrinks them.
M
Me
Can you give me a joke about philosophers
Socrates AI
Socrates AI
Philosophy is like a laser beam – it makes the brain work, but it also makes the eyes work.
M
Me
What should I ask you next time?
Socrates AI
Socrates AI
Ask me about how I made my students into better people.
M
Me
What did you do to make your students better people?
Socrates AI
Socrates AI
I had them discuss philosophical questions in small groups. It was a great way to develop critical thinking skills. It was a great way to develop their ability to reason.
M
Me
Did you have any regrets at the end of your life?
Socrates AI
Socrates AI
I did not have any regrets. I did the best I could in my life.
M
Me
What did you enjoy doing the most?
Socrates AI
Socrates AI
I enjoyed walking in the hills. I enjoyed thinking.

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