The Possibility Club

Richard Freeman’s special guest this week is Chris Middleton.

Chris is one of the UK’s leading business and technology journalists and the author, editor or contributor to more than 50 books on everything from sound design to robotics.

In recent years, Chris has specialised in robotics and artificial intelligence, contributing to the BBC, ITV, The Guardian, The Times among many others on the impact and implications of emerging technologies.

Chris is currently editor of, and a contributing editor to diginomica and Computing.

Richard first met Chris about 5 years ago, when he trained him to become a mentor for young people – and they have remained friends and professional colleagues ever since. They recorded this chat in Chris’ seaside flat in July 2018 and chatted about technology and skills, automation and artificial Intelligence – and whether we really should all expect to be unemployed soon. And, of course, Chris’ pet robot Stanley who is far more famous than him.

If you want to get help powering your idUseful links and further reading:
RSA report – The Age Of Automation: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics And The Future Of Low-Skilled Work

The story of ‘Flippy’ at Caliburger

McKinsey report on the worker of the future

BBC on McKinsey statement – 800 million jobs by 2030

HR Open Source ‘Future Of Work’ report

vand from the World Economic Forum

The Future Of Population in Asia

Aerofarms urban farming

UK Robotics Week 2019 will take place on the final week of June, 2019.

Compass AI sentencing software showing programmed bias

and in Wired

Stanley Qubit introduces itself (YouTube)

“Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” (YouTube)

source of the word ‘robot’
Karel Capek – Rossum’s Universal Robots

Amazon’s secret plan for Vesta home robot

Google doesn’t renew defence contract

EU data reform regulation (GDPR) official website

IFL Science story on cannabis having alien DNA / people not reading stories, just sharing headlines

Chris will be appearing with Stanley Qubit at The Brighton Summit on 12th October 2018 – and event we are helping to curate. So do get tickets for that:

Did you know that The Possibility Club is also an online platform for like-minded people and a monthly event to ask the big questions in business. culture and education? Visit

Richard Freeman was hosting for always possible and this podcast is produced and edited by CJ Thorpe-Tracey for Lo Fi Arts.


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