The 2023 that didn’t happen

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So much has happened this year, not least in the areas of AI and social media, but at the same time some events have been some notable omissions. While generative AI has taken the world by storm, there is still much to prove about its business use cases and how it should be regulated. 

Security and hardware are also in a similar place to previous years, with the same threats and designs coming to the surface in 2023 in place of any revolutionary shifts.

For this festive episode of the podcast, Jane and Rory discuss the biggest things that didn't happen this year, from things that were promised but didn't come to fruition or even events that have been awaited for years and still failed to show up in 2023.


“I wonder whether people have just become a little bit more cautious, not just in tech but in general – that we are slightly less likely to rush headlong to embrace a technology because while the internet has undoubtedly been a good thing it has also brought lots of negative consequences.”

“Even if Apple can really knock it out of the park, I feel it’s kind of like the MiniDisc of technology. Because AI has come along, and it is so much better, so much more interesting, so much more usable, so much more accessible … who cares about AR/VR?”

“Something that security analysts have noted throughout the year is that the profit is still king for threat groups, even nation-backed threat groups often will treat cyber warfare as sort of a side gig.”



Rory Bathgate
Features and Multimedia Editor

Rory Bathgate is Features and Multimedia Editor at ITPro, overseeing all in-depth content and case studies. He can also be found co-hosting the ITPro Podcast with Jane McCallion, swapping a keyboard for a microphone to discuss the latest learnings with thought leaders from across the tech sector.

In his free time, Rory enjoys photography, video editing, and good science fiction. After graduating from the University of Kent with a BA in English and American Literature, Rory undertook an MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies at King’s College London. He joined ITPro in 2022 as a graduate, following four years in student journalism. You can contact Rory at or on LinkedIn.