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Searching for Salai

Searching for Salai

Author: SAP, Masters of the Digital Renaissance

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Leonardo da Vinci. A master of his time. A timeless icon. But everything we thought we knew about him is being called into question. A mysterious scholar has emerged, surfacing eerily specific accounts of the great master's life. He claims that he's from the Italian Renaissance, that he was ‒ and is ‒ a long-time pupil and good friend of Leonardo himself. He says we are living in a Digital Renaissance. He claims that he's traveled to this time using blockchain, IoT, and other technology.

Searching for Salai is the first fiction podcast brought to you by SAP, thanks to the new Digital Renaissance. Are you ready for it?

10 Episodes
A master of his time. A timeless icon. But what do we really know about Leonardo da Vinci? A mysterious scholor has emerged, surfacing information that challenges some of the longest held records about Leonardo's life. But who is he? And why is he here? Searching for Salai is the first fiction podcast brought to you by SAP, thanks to the new Technological Renaissance. Are you ready for it?
Charlotte Warburton first encounters Jack Finney at his Leonardo da Vinci lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago. This is where Jack makes a wild claim—that he is a time traveler and the long-time apprentice of Leonardo da Vinci, better known as Andrea Salaì. After claims of Jack making drunken bets with da Vinci and knowing secrets about the Mona Lisa, Charlotte is intrigued. She decides that Jack will be the subject of her next podcast series. As she reveals the oddities of Jack’s lecture, she warns that this story will turn into far more than a tale of time travel.
Charlotte is granted her first of many interviews with Jack outside the lecture hall. She plays along with his charade, quizzing him on Leonardo da Vinci facts and prying for details on Renaissance life. He explains that the 15th-Century Renaissance has many ties to today’s Digital Renaissance, and shares with Charlotte the significance that today’s technology, data, and people will play in the future. Charlotte is surprised by his interest in technology, and skeptically plays along. Toward the end of the interview, after he has explained how he hops through time, the mood gets more serious. Charlotte and Jack discuss his death, something he knows exactly when to expect.
Proof of Time | S1E3

Proof of Time | S1E3


Charlotte continues her investigation, discussing time travel theories with Robert Mercier, a professor from her alma mater. Armed with his input, she invites Jack for their second interview at her favorite Italian restaurant. There they have lighthearted discussions about pizza and cheesecake, and Charlotte begins to quiz him about how his time traveling really works. Jack has an answer for everything, explaining his jumps through time with technology analogies like blockchain and big data. He is unrelenting, and to prove his point, makes a wildish claim about how he and Charlotte came to meet.
Charlotte recalls a storytelling competition she had entered, and won, two years earlier. This is the specific event where Jack tells her they first met, and when he first believed they had a connection. Charlotte begins to question Jack’s motives as he continues to explain their long history that—until this time—was unbeknownst to Charlotte. Jack recites obscure facts from Charlotte’s past, dating back to a writing contest on Leonardo da Vinci that she entered in 8th grade. She pulls away, fearful of how long this man may have been stalking her, only to find that all of his claims (so far) add up. Could he be telling the truth?
Looking for answers and a levelheaded third party, Charlotte turns to her friend Devin, a famed investigative reporter. He’s willing to support, but he’s also cautious of Charlotte getting involved with someone dangerous. Charlotte heeds these warnings but doesn’t disclose exactly how her relationship with Jack had evolved. She brings her investigation back to the Art Institute, interviewing the museum direction Thurman Wolf and his assistant Matthew. Neither was much help as Charlotte tried to uncover details of how Jack got to where he is, and she turns to internet research for clues.
With her online lead from Grand Marais High School looking positive, Charlotte leaves town and drives 8 hours north to Grand Marais, Michigan. A phone call to the school leads her to the Grand Marais Sheriff Station where she meets Sheriff Audrey Finney, the woman who claims to be Jack’s mother. Later that day, Charlotte gets a tour of the Sheriff’s home where she learns the truth about Jack’s seemingly dark past.
Charlotte introduces her listeners to famous Charlatan’s from history, insinuating that Jack’s lies slotted him into that category. She confronts Jack in an angry phone call disclosing what Sheriff Finney had explained. When she regains her cool and attempts to reach back out, Jack is nowhere to be found. Not even Matthew knows where or how to reach him. Devin calls Charlotte with new information, and she realizes that Jack may not have been the person who was lying about the past after all. Devin has found adoption records from the 90’s. It seems Sheriff Finney wasn’t Jack’s biological mother.
Armed with evidence of Jack’s adoption, Charlotte drives back up to Michigan to confront Sheriff Audrey Finney. The Sheriff comes clean and explains how she came to find Jack in the woods and the curiosities that arose as she raised him. She explains Jack’s mental instabilities that followed him from youth into adulthood, and hands Charlotte evidence in support of his time travel claims. This conversation changes Charlotte’s perspective and she begins to worry, was she too harsh on Jack when they last spoke? Will she ever see him again?
All Good Things | S1E9

All Good Things | S1E9


Charlotte presents the new evidence to Devin, convinced of what it proves. Though he is not, that does not sway Charlotte’s opinions. She realizes that this story was not about time travel, it was about understanding where we are today: an intersection of data, human capabilities, and technology that has the chance to change the world. As fate has it, Charlotte is granted one final interview with Jack. They have a chance to clear the air and discuss what comes next. Jack’s work isn’t done; he was able to leave a surprise behind for Charlotte, only to be uncovered by her own storytelling.
Comments (2)


I think I’m addicted! A friend told me about this podcast and I was intrigued so thought I’d try an episode or two. BOOM! I was sucked in, hooked, addicted. From the opening applause (nope, you don’t have to wait to the end for the applause) to the final credits this just keeps you listening. It’s kind of embarrassing but I had to keep reminding myself that you can’t really time-travel via blockchain technology. But seriously, just 5 years ago who would have thought that we’d really have driverless cars. Like Charlotte … I think I believe! LOL And if you want to continue the experience, you have to go to the website ( and check out some of the blogs and other content. I’m not sure which I liked most, Tony’s blogs or getting the real skinny on the technology.

Mar 15th

Anthony Savarese

Searching for Salai is captivating. It took me a little while to get into it, but once I listened to the first couple episodes I was hooked! The storyline makes you think, and the music adds to the suspense and mystery. This is a must-listen for anyone who enjoys a funny, mysterious, and emotional story about time, tech, and its impact on our life. I ended up binging the whole series in a few days - so glad I found this!

Dec 10th
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