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Photos that defined tech and business in 2023

Trenton Almgren-Davis   

Photos that defined tech and business in 2023

OpenAI first shocked the world with the release of GPT-4, then made headlines again surrounding CEO Sam Altman's leadership and the public unraveling of the company's internal boardroom drama.

Former president Donald Trump and his businesses were tangled in a number of civil and criminal lawsuits throughout the year.

Sam Bankman-Fried was found guilty of defrauding FTX's investors and customers.

Wars in Ukraine and Gaza devastated lives and reshaped economies.

The business and tech world was marked by artificial intelligence, changes in leaders and titles, historic trials and strikes, and the economic impacts of war and inflation.

Here are some of the biggest moments of the year in business and tech, as captured by photographers.

Q1: January - March

Amid a record-breaking year for climate disasters, leaders and activists stepped up to take urgent action.

The rise of AI image generators threatened artists, while some found ways to embrace the changes.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket became set to change the face of space exploration.

Sam Bankman-Fried pleaded not guilty in his criminal case over the crash of FTX.

Silicon Valley Bank imploded, and Wall Street reaped the benefits.

Sam Altman and OpenAI became the rockstars of the tech world.

Unions across major industries fought to exist and secure better rights for workers.

Q2: April - June

Small businesses faced numerous challenges and retailers as a whole suffered thousands of closures.

Chinese tech brands, like TikTok and Lenovo, thrived globally.

Apple became ready to enter the metaverse.

The farming industry struggled with the climate crisis.

US and China, both semiconductor powerhouses, fought to win the chip wars.

After a longstanding financial crisis in Lebanon, some depositors took matters into their own hands and took back their own money trapped in banks.

Apple and Meta hoped to make virtual reality more widespread.

The Bank of Japan became an uncertainty factor.

Nvidia took the lead in the ongoing AI race.

A new generation entered the workforce.

After a decade of economic collapse, Venezuela's economy showed slow signs of growth.

Q3: July - September

Gen Z proved to be creative thinkers, and they may change the office as we know it.

Data centers saw explosive growth.

The US dodged a recession.

China may have reached the end of its economic boom, BI's Linette Lopez argued.

Elon Musk morphed Twitter into X.

'Barbenheimer' brought people back to the movies.

President Joe Biden's economic agenda gained supporters and detractors.

ChatGPT and AI tools caused upheaval at universities.

Taylor Swift became an economic phenomenon.

India made a historic first moon landing.

The rise of weight-loss drugs, like Ozempic, set off ripples that could impact the future of the stock market.

The world set renewable energy records in 2023.

The United Auto Workers went on strike.

CEO Linda Yaccarino tried to transform X.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft delivered the largest-ever asteroid sample to Earth.

Q4: October - December

SAG-AFTRA and WGA ended a historic strike.

Claudia Goldin became the third woman to win the Nobel Prize in economics.

Birkenstock went public with a poor opening on the New York Stock Exchange.

Trump faced a fraud trial that found that he inflated his worth by billions of dollars.

China invested in green energy and led the world in EV production.

Wars in Gaza and Ukraine caused widespread devastation and threatened the global economy.

Elon Musk ended the year $100 billion richer.

Layoffs across industries put some diversity efforts at risk.

After stocks soared in 2023, investors hope the market will continue to rally in the new year.

The Federal Reserve cut rates next year, which may cause home prices to pick up speed.

Pitcher Shohei Ohtani made a $700 million deal with the Dodgers.

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