Taylor Swift has been named TIME magazine’s 2023 Person of the Year. You can read more about her in The Taylor Effect and By the Numbers. TIME also acknowledged influential people in other categories.
Soccer star Lionel Messi is TIME’s Athlete of the Year. When the World Cup champion’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain was up last year, he had to decide which team to play for next. “I had several options on the table that were interesting,” Messi told TIME. “I had to analyze them and think, even weigh them up with my family.” His choice to play for Inter Miami shocked the world. But his presence was good for American soccer. Attendance, ticket prices, merchandise sales, and viewership soared.
CEO of the Year went to Sam Altman of OpenAI, the company that released the chatbot ChatGPT. As Altman told TIME, 2023 was “the year that [people] started taking AI seriously.” On November 17, Altman was fired from his position by the board of OpenAI. After a large protest from workers at the company, he was hired back. His understanding of the future of AI extends beyond the company he manages. “Building superintelligence is going to be a society-wide project,” he said. “We would like to be one of the shapers, but it’s not going to be something that one company just does. It will be far bigger than any one company.”
Stop and Think! Why does TIME pick a Person of the Year? Why are the other winners important too? Whom would you have included on this list?