Robotics Expert

Journalist, author, collector – and robot hire for events

Chris Middleton is an acknowledged expert on robots, automation, and AI, who has appeared several times on the BBC discussing the potential impact of these technologies.

As a journalist, author, and editor, Chris’ interest in robots embraces humanoid machines, androids, AI, industrial robotics, automation, software, big data, the Internet of Things, ethics, human rights, and (un)employment. He has written about these for Computing, diginomica, Citywire, Hack & Craft News, and the Digital Marketing World Forum, among 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 and BBC local radio, talking about robots and AI.

Recent articles

Calling Doctor Robot: the ethical and technical obstacles (diginomica)
Rolls Royce’s robotic jet engine surgery  (Hack & Craft News)
Why a quarter of workers really could be robots (Hack & Craft News)
Is AI automating racism? (LinkedIn)

• 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)
• Hermes delivers self-driving robots to London’s streets (diginomica)
• AI: friend or foe? Part 1 (Hack & Craft News)
• AI: friend or foe? Part 2 (Hack & Craft News)

• 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.

Public speaking

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. Also in 2017, Chris was interviewed on several BBC local radio stations about the impact of AI and robotics.

Robot hire

Stanley Qubit
Stanley Qubit (NAO robot)
Joe Auton (Robi robot)

Chris has a collection of robots, including his famous Aldeberan Robotics NAO-25 humanoid, Stanley Qubit, and Joe Auton, a Robi robot 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.

• Audio: Stanley Qubit interviews actor Nick Briggs about his role in ‘I, Robot’.
• Audio: Stanley Qubit interviews scriptwriter Richard Kurti about adapting ‘I, Robot’.

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 Joe Auton 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.
Chris’ Pinterest gallery of robots

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