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Chris Middleton ( is one of the UK’s leading business and technology journalists, an acknowledged robotics expert, an experienced public speaker, the author of several books, and the editor of (and contributor to) more than 50 other books. Chris specialises in robotics and AI, and has appeared several times on TV (BBC1 and ITN) and BBC radio talking about their societal impacts. He is editor of, contributing editor to diginomica (one million unique visitors) and Computing, and the former editor of both Computing and Computer Business Review, among others. He has also written for the Guardian, the BBC, Computer Weekly, and the Times. Unusually, Chris owns two humanoid robots, which he hires out to events, companies, and schools. One of them, Stanley Qubit, has co-hosted a BBC1 breakfast show and is the first real robot ever to appear in a production of ‘I, Robot’ (on BBC Radio 4).

Under a pseudonym, Chris has a parallel career as a professional musician and producer, with radio and TV airplay. He is also a designer, photographer, collector, and painter: the definitive renaissance man with a portfolio career. He lives in Brighton.

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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 business/technology journalists and editors, specialising in robotics, AI, and enterprise technology strategy. He has appeared on BBC1, ITN, and both national and local radio as a robotics expert.

He is editor of, and former editor of Computing, Computer Business Review, UCInsight, Child Internet Safety, and Professional Outsourcing magazines. Chris has also written for The Guardian, The Times, the BBC, Computer Weekly, 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.

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. In 2016, for example, he hosted the Digital Marketing World Forum in London, the Space Innovation Congress (interviewing NASA astronauts and astrophysicists onstage), and other events. In 2017, he co-hosted AI and robotics conference ‘Rise of the Machines’ for The Crowd, and gave speeches on AI and robotics at the Sensors Show (NEC Birmingham) and other industry 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 BBC radio nationally (BBC6music and Radio 1) and locally (via BBC Introducing), and on TV.

In his spare time, Chris is a photographer, painter (with his own studio in Hove), collector, 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