The Plato Research Dialogue System is a flexible framework that can be used to create, train, and evaluate conversational AI agents in various environments. It supports interactions through speech, text, or dialogue acts and each conversational agent can interact with data, human users, or other conversational agents (in a multi-agent setting). Every component of every agent can be trained independently online or offline and Plato provides an easy way of wrapping around virtually any existing model, as long as Plato's interface is adhered to. Plato wrote several dialogues between characters who argue on a topic by asking questions. Many of these dialogues feature Socrates including Socrates' trial. (Socrates was acquitted in a new trial held in Athens, Greece on May 25th 2012).