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Chris Middleton ( is one of the UK’s leading independent business and technology journalists, an acknowledged robotics expert, an experienced public speaker and conference host, the author of several books, and the editor of (and contributor to) more than 50 other books.

Chris specialises in robotics, AI, the Internet of Things, and other Industry 4.0 technologies, such as blockchain. He has appeared several times on BBC1, ITN, Radio 2, Talk Radio, and BBC local radio discussing robots’ societal impacts, and has been quoted numerous times in the national press.

He is a contributing editor to, diginomica (one million unique visitors) and Computing, and the former editor of Internetofbusiness, Computing, Computer Business Review, and Professional Outsourcing magazine (now Intelligent Sourcing), among others. He has also written for the Guardian, the BBC, Computer Weekly, the Times, and many other titles. Private clients include Innovate UK.

Unusually, Chris owns two humanoid robots, which he hires out to events, companies, and schools.

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Chris Middleton ( is what used to be called a ‘Renaissance man’, with a successful portfolio career. First, he is one of the UK’s leading independent business & technology journalists and editors, specialising in robotics, AI, the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, and enterprise technology strategy. He has appeared on BBC1, ITN, Radio 2, Talk Radio, and BBC local radio discussing robots and AI.

He is former editor of, Computing, Computer Business Review, UCInsight, Child Internet Safety, and Professional Outsourcing magazine (which he co-founded, now known as Intelligent Sourcing). Chris has also written for The Guardian, The Times, the BBC, Computer Weekly, Blockchain News, I-CIO, and Citywire, among many others. He founded Strategist magazine, and is a consulting editor for diginomica (one million unique visitors),, and Computing. Chris has also designed several magazines and websites. Private clients include Innovate UK.

Chris is the author of a number of books on the creative use of the digital world (published worldwide in several languages), and is the editor of more than 50 other books on robotics, movie special effects, design, and photography, several of which he contributed to.

Chris is an experienced public speaker and conference chair/host. He has hosted the Digital Marketing World Forum in London, the Space Innovation Congress (interviewing NASA astronauts and astrophysicists), London AI/robotics conference ‘Rise of the Machines’ for The Crowd, and events on blockchain, IoT investment, unified communications, and the cloud. He has also given speeches on AI and robotics at the Sensors Show (NEC Birmingham) and other major events.

Chris is probably the only journalist in the UK to own several humanoid robots. One, the famous NAO robot Stanley Qubit, has co-presented a BBC1 breakfast show with Sian Williams and appeared at conferences, exhibitions, schools, and colleges. In 2017, Stanley Qubit made history as the first real robot ever to appear in a dramatisation of Isaac Asimov’s ‘I, Robot stories’ on BBC Radio 4, in which Chris also appeared.

Under the pseudonym ‘christopher rye’, Chris has a parallel career as a professional songwriter, session guitarist, and electronic music producer, with multiple airplays on radio (BBC6music, Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Radio Reverb), and on TV. He also plays lead guitar and sings with a local band.

In his spare time, Chris is a photographer, painter, collector, traveller, movie buff, and skater on vintage boards. He lives in Brighton, UK.

For Chris’ full biography and CV, go here.

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This is Chris’ personal website. For more information, go to the following pages: Contact/About / Journalist / Magazine Editor / Author / Book Editor / Designer / MusicianPhotographer / Recent Articles / Robotics Expert