Chris is one of the UK’s leading business IT journalists


Writing skills: Features; news; comment; blogs; analysis; interviews; special reports; bespoke copywriting; white papers; and research. Plus: product development; editing; leadership; and team building (see Magazine Editor).

Specialist subjects: Robots & robotics; AI & machine learning; IoT; automation; autonomous systems; big data & analytics; business strategy; leadership; enterprise technology; tech policy; government; technology ethics and social impact; mobility; enterprise cloud; digital rights; surveillance; publishing; music & film distribution; collaboration; security; unified communications; space exploration & astrophysics; science; open source; sourcing.

Published in: The Guardian; the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World; The Times; Computing;; Computer Weekly; Professional Outsourcing; diginomica; Strategist magazine;; i-CIO; Hack & Craft News; Publishing News; Citywire; Digital Marketing World Forum (DMWF); Tomorrow People (agency); CIS;; Personnel Today;;; Business & Technology magazine; NRM; Outsource; and PC World, among others.

Appearances on: BBC1; BBC Radio 2; BBC local radio stations; ITN; Talk Radio; Incisive Media webinars.

An original voice

“Chris has the uncanny ability to express clearly in words what you’ve only just started to think about.” (Private client)

Chris’ critical thinking, imagination, expert analysis, dark sense of humour, and status as a ‘cultured outsider’ make him an unusual voice in journalism: someone who can see the opportunities or the risks in a situation much sooner than most – and then set them out in simple and powerful terms. He ignores hype and accepted wisdom, and zeroes in on the ethical and societal elements, as well as the technology itself and its strategic applications and benefits.


Chris has produced over 100 white papers and bespoke research projects for Incisive Media and other blue-chip companies, and has written an in-depth analyst report on Digital Rights for Juniper Research.

Pundit, conference host, and public speaker

Chris has been interviewed many times – on BBC1, Radio 2, local BBC stations, Sky TV, ITN, and Talk Radio, among others – about robotics and AI, and been quoted in the national press, including The Sun and Evening Standard. He has also appeared in numerous webinars and podcasts.

Chris is an experienced public speaker and conference host, hosting events such as The Rise of the Machines for The Crowd in 2017, and the Space Innovation Congress and the Digital Marketing World Forum in 2016, chairing panels at UC EXPO, Computing, and Businesscloud9 events, and giving speeches on robotics and AI at the Sensors Show (2017, NEC Birmingham), among many others. As a robot expert and owner of a humanoid robot, Chris can incorporate real robots into his presentations.

A future thinker over two decades…

  • In 1995, Chris’ first article as a journalist predicted Apple’s resurgence.
  • In 1997, he wrote ‘Can you hear me, Major Tom?’, the first in-depth report on the internet’s threat to the music industry, interviewing George Michael, the Cocteau Twins, technologists, and major label CEOs, for Business & Technology magazine.
  • Further reports followed on how digital businesses would disrupt industries such as retail, insurance, travel, and the automotive sector – long before most business magazines were discussing it.
  • His analyst report ‘Digital Rights Strategies for Rich Media Content’ (Juniper Research, 2004) accurately predicted most of today’s trends in music, film, and digital content distribution.
  • From 2010 to 2014, Chris single-handedly launched and produced 14 print quarterly issues of Professional Outsourcing magazine, together with 12 spin-off supplements, writing, editing, designing, and laying out the publication himself. He also conceived, designed, and launched Strategist magazine and
  • In 2014, a Strategist article co-written with Stuart Lauchlan forced a reversal of UK government policy on plans for the G-Cloud.
  • In 2015, Chris’ world exclusive on PayPal’s global outage was one of Computing’s top ten most widely read news stories of the year.
  • In 2017, Chris was the only journalist in the world to uncover Apple’s plans for a new CRM system, in a news story published in Computing.
  • Chris is a robotics expert and probably the only technology journalist in the UK to own several humanoid robots: a unique mix of skills.

Links to select recent articles

Chris Middleton’s article archive on

Retail IoT: Shoppers demand AI, VR, and a better fit online, says report

Retail IoT: Why Vodafone’s digital fitting rooms are a good fit for Mango

South Korea most automated nation on earth, says report. The UK? Going nowhere

Amazon takes on UPS and FedEx – and catches Theresa May’s eye

Perfect storm blows healthtech towards IoT cures

Analysis: Oracle says autonomy now, AI with everything by 2020

Crypto mining: Why IoT users should worry about NVIDIA’s stock price

Facial recognition: Will a future criminal be wearing your face?

UK AI report – academic, disconnected, disappointing

Agtech: Where field and server farms meet

AI and automation – the real political cost

Did Jeremy Corbyn really call for a robot tax?

Why skills and education are the real robot battleground

Robo-pocalypse not-quite-Now

Memo to Musk – here’s how to build a benevolent bot

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – IT challenges and opportunities

AI Uber alles?

Industrial robots and the new China Syndrome

2020: why a quarter of workers could be robots

Is government walking a red flag ahead of a robot revolution?

TfL sweeps Uber off London’s streets. What are the implications? (Computing)

Make developers sign Hippocratic Oath, says ethics report (Computing)

Facebook hands over 3,000 Russia-linked ads. What next? (Computing)

Calling Doctor Robot: the ethical and technical obstacles (diginomica)

Theresa May’s Japan trip may have major tech impacts (Computing)

We fear tech disruption rather than embrace it: report (Computing)

Rolls Royce’s robotic jet engine surgery  (Hack & Craft News)

How to navigate AI’s ethical minefield (diginomica)

Is government impeding the robot revolution? (diginomica)

Rise of the Britbot: UK Robotics Week reveals great progress (diginomica)

Global innovation report: why the UK must change its tune (Hack & Craft News)

GDPR, Brexit, and surveillance: the perfect storm (Hack & Craft News)

How technology is changing the news itself (Hack & Craft News)

Sugar launches Relationship Intelligence (diginomica)

A manifesto for digital change: education and skills (Hack & Craft News)

Why the New York Philharmonic is a maestro at content management (diginomica)

CERN’s asset management super-collider (Hack & Craft News)

Apple goes sweet on Sugar CRM (Computing)

Hermes delivers self-driving robots to London’s streets (diginomica)

Think tank claims robots and AI will claim 250,00 public sector jobs (diginomica)

AI: friend or foe? Part 1 (Hack & Craft News)
AI: friend or foe? Part 2 (Hack & Craft News)

Make way for the Eurobot! Brussels seeks to regulate robots and AI (diginomica)

How Amazon’s Echo could kill marketing (diginomica)

The boy who marketed the future (LinkedIn)

Chris’ #DMWF blog

Fitbits and vempires: Why consumers want their data back – DMWF keynote speech (LinkedIn)

Brexit report: High-tech investment (Computing)

Brexit report: Data governance and antitrust (diginomica)

Brexit report: Skills and youth (LinkedIn)

Keeping data secure in the mobile age (The Times/Raconteur)

Rise of the robots

The Political Algorithm

SKA: The biggest big data project in the universe (diginomica)

IT giants form coalition to fight surveillance proposals (

Why we need personal APIs in the age of Spotify’s ‘privacy’ policy (diginomica)

Why robots should be kept out of finance and accounting (diginomica)

UK losing £30bn to ‘information bomb’ claims defence secretary (Computing)

EDF’s pretty big diversity disaster (diginomica)

Wake up! The cloud doesn’t exist (

Government surveillance review “a stitch up”, says MP (

Chris Middleton meets Buzz Aldrin

The School of Gabriel: Peter Gabriel vs. Alain de Botton

Microsoft must restore cloud reputation after Skype outage (

The snooper’s nightmare: why surveillance will put one million children at risk

Why Gartner’s got it wrong about retail analytics (diginomica)

BlackBerry shrivels – but confirms Android privacy device (Computing)

Microsoft: New light, old Windows (Strategist/Computing)

2015 Budget report (Computing)

Women in open source often harassed (Computing)

Cisco’s Chambers looks back… (

HP’s identity crisis (Strategist)

Lessons in leadership from a nuclear submarine captain (Strategist)

Digital Dystopia

Why telecoms customers always lose (Strategist)

How the smartphone market could implode (Strategist)

Why the robot banking machine doesn’t add up (diginomica)

Sir Tim Berners-Lee interview (Strategist)

The war against women (Strategist)

Music retailer strikes the right note with AI (diginomica)

Gartner’s not-so-smart take on the IoT (diginomica)

PayPal outage: money ‘vanishes into thin air’ (Computing)

Organisations need the cloud for unified communications (UCInsight)

Dropbox: does half a billion users equal a viable business? (UCInsight)

2016 Blog

2015 Blog

Digest of all recent diginomica articles

Professional Outsourcing archive (issues 1-14 were produced single-handedly by Chris)

Times report, August 2015








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