Journalist, author, collector – and robot hire for events
Chris Middleton is an acknowledged expert on robots, automation, and AI, who has appeared on the BBC discussing both the advantages and the social, ethical, and employment issues associated with these technologies.
Chris has had a lifelong interest in robots, one of the key subjects he now covers as a journalist, blogger, author, and public speaker (see below).
In addition, Chris owns two humanoid robots, which he hires out to companies, events, broadcasters, and schools. One, his NAO-25 humanoid, Stanley Qubit (see below), has become a TV and radio star in his own right.
Robotics writer and editor
As a journalist, author, and editor, Chris’ interest in humanoid robots embraces AI, industrial robotics, automation, software, big data, the Internet of Things, and the related socio-cultural issues, such as ethics, human rights, (un)employment, and the pros and cons of automation. He has written about these for Computing, diginomica, Citywire, Hack & Craft News, and the Digital Marketing World Forum, among many others.
Along the way, Chris has interviewed some of the world’s leading robotics experts, including Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro, and has appeared on BBC Radio 2 Drive Time himself, talking about robots and AI.
Here are just some of Chris’ recent articles:
• Hermes delivers self-driving robots to London’s streets (diginomica)
• AI: friend or foe? Part 1 (Hack & Craft)
• AI: friend or foe? Part 2 (Hack & Craft)
• Think tank claims robots and AI will claim 250,00 public sector jobs (diginomica)
• Davos report: Do ethics and AI use the same code? (diginomica)
• Make way for the Eurobot! Brussels seeks to regulate robots and AI (diginomica)
• IBM’s Watson puts AI in the cloud (diginomica)
• Make way for the robot wealth manager (Computing)
• Rise of the Robots (two-part report on this website)
• Salesforce’s theory of AI with everything (#DMWF)
• Why robots should be kept out of finance and accounting (diginomica)
• AI-driven marketing: Google vs. Microsoft (#DMWF)
• Digital Dystopia (extended report on this website)
• Why the robot banking machine doesn’t add up (diginomica)
• The Political Algorithm: Who Guards the Guards in a Robot World?
• How Amazon’s Echo could kill marketing (diginomica)
• Marketing automation: Why you could soon be replaced by a robot (#DMWF)
Chris also edited and contributed to Ultimate Robot (DK), an illustrated book on robots, and he wrote all of the stories in a book on Manga robots. Both are published worldwide.
Chris is an experienced public speaker, conference chair, and host, and can give speeches on the pros and cons of humanoid robots, robotics, automation, and AI – incorporating his own humanoid robot into the presentation (see below).
In 2016, Chris hosted the Space Innovation Congress London (interviewing NASA astronauts and astrophysicists onstage), the Digital Marketing World Forum London, and panels at UC EXPO, among other major events.
Chris has given speeches on AI and robotics at universities, schools, colleges, corporate events, exhibitions and trade shows, and he has helped several blue-chip companies imagine the future and the emerging needs of their customers in an automated world.
In 2017, he appeared on BBC Radio 2’s Drive Time show, talking about his own robot (see below), and the many ways in which technologies like it may develop in the future.
Chris has a collection of robots, including his famous Aldeberan Robotics NAO-25 humanoid, Stanley Qubit, and Robi, designed by Japanese robotics legend Tomotaka Takahashi.
• In February 2017, Stanley Qubit made history by becoming the first real robot ever to appear in a dramatisation of Isaac Asimov’s ‘I, Robot’ stories, on BBC Radio 4, voicing several of the background characters in the week-long adaptation.
The audio drama was a B7 production for the BBC, and in June 2017 it won two prestigious international awards at the New York Radio Festival.
In August 2015, Stanley Qubit co-hosted the BBC1 show Sunday Morning Live, with Sian Williams, and took part in a live debate on the future of intelligent machines, with musician and broadcaster Ana Matronic and playwright Bonnie Greer.
Chris’ robot business hires out Stanley Qubit and Robi to PR companies, events organisers, exhibitions, technology providers, broadcasters, filmmakers, and schools. He hopes to acquire a Pepper robot, from Aldebaran/Softbank, in the near future.