Wikipedia Readers Were Thinking About AI and Atom Bombs in 2023

Wikipedia Readers Were Thinking About AI and Atom Bombs in 2023

If you want to know what average online folks are trying to learn about, then perhaps the total view counts on Wikipedia might offer us a glimpse into what most people want to learn about. If the top 25 most-viewed Wikipedia articles of 2023 are anything to go by, then people really cared about the rise of AI and the father of the atomic bomb.

At the top of the list, as expected, is ChatGPT with a whopping 49.4 million pageviews. OpenAI’s chatbot has been making multiple top lists this year, including the list of Android users’ favorite apps. It wasn’t just English-language Wikipedia either. The Wikimedia Foundation wrote that ChatGPT registered over 78 million pageviews across all languages.

There were a few surprising and unsurprising things about this year’s top Wikipedia articles. The top movies of the year usually get a lot of clicks, but folks around the world wanted to know more about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project’s research into the atomic bomb. Oppenheimer came in the number 7 spot for most-clicked Wikipedia entries, but the Oppenheimer film itself sat pretty at number 5. For all those folks who went for the Barbenheimer experience, the Barbie movie was in 13th place with nearly 19.8 million page visits.

Films made up seven of the top 25 articles. These included James Cameron’s sequel to his big blue cat-people CG blowout Avatar: The Way of Water in the number 20 spot. Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 too up the 23rd spot. The Last of Us TV series had more than 19.7 million page views, but it wasn’t able to defeat Bollywood action thriller hits Jawan and Pathaan. As usual, the Indian subcontinent is very active on English-language Wikipedia, helping to send results of the 2023 Cricket World Cup to the third spot of most-viewed Wiki entries.

Oh, don’t forget the celebrities, who made up several of the top spots. Swifties everywhere carried Taylor Swift to the number 12 spot at 19.4 million views. Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi hovered just above 16.6 million views but Portuguese footy king Christiano Ronaldo beat him out at 17.4 million pageviews. Then, right at the number 25 spot is kickboxer turned alt-right figurehead Andrew Tate. The self-described misogynist lodestone for all the internet’s manboys is still awaiting trial over allegations he participated in a human trafficking ring in Romania, but it’s a pretty safe bet that the man’s fans and detractors helped push the fountain of hate into one of the most-searched men in the world.

Scroll down to see the top 25 most-read Wikipedia articles for 2023.

25. Andrew Tate – 12,728,616 pageviews


24. Russian invasion of Ukraine – 12,798,866 pageviews

Photo: Marek M. Berezowski/Anadolu (Getty Images)

23. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – 13,392,917 pageviews

Image: Disney

22. Lisa Marie Presley – 13,764,007 pageviews

Photo: Jason Kempin (Getty Images)

21. India – 13,850,178 pageviews

Photo: Avishek Das/SOPA Images/LightRocket

20. Avatar: The Way of Water – 14,303,116

Image: Fox

19. Elon Musk – 14,370,395 pageviews

Photo: Michael M. Santiago/ (Getty Images)

18. United States – 16,240,461 pageviews

Photo: Aaron Schwartz/Xinhua (Getty Images)

17. Matthew Perry – 16,454,666 pageviews

Photo: MEGA/GC Images (Getty Images)

16. Premier League – 16,604,669 pageviews

Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt (Getty Images)

15. Lionel Messi – 16,623,630 pageviews

Photo: Wang Tiancong/Xinhua (Getty Images)

14. Cristiano Ronaldo – 17,492,537 pageviews

Photo: Michael Regan (Getty Images)

13. Barbie (film) – 18,051,077 pageviews

Image: Warner Bros. Discovery

12. Taylor Swift – 19,418,385 pageviews

Photo: Gareth Cattermole/WireImage for Parkwood (Getty Images)

11. The Last of Us (TV series) – 19,791,789 pageviews

Image: Warner Bros. Discovery

10. Pathaan (film) – 19,932,509 pageviews

Image: Yash Raj Films

9. 2023 Indian Premier League – 20,694,974 pageviews

Photo: SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP (Getty Images)

8. Jawan (film) – 21,791,126 pageviews

Image: Netflix

7. J. Robert Oppenheimer – 25,672,469 pageviews

Photo: Bettmann (Getty Images)

6. Cricket World Cup – 25,961,417 pageviews

Photo: Alex Davidson-ICC/ICC (Getty Images)

5. Oppenheimer (film) – 28,348,248 pageviews

Image: Universal Pictures

4. Indian Premier League – 32,012,810 pageviews

Photo: Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP (Getty Images)

3. 2023 Cricket World Cup 38,171,653 pageviews

Photo: Gareth Copley (Getty Images)

2. Deaths in 2023 – 42,666,860

Photo: Adam Berry (Getty Images)

1. ChatGPT – 49,490,406 pageviews

Image: Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto (Getty Images)

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