SOLD! Relationships 5.0 (by Elyakim Kislev)
Though 2020 has been comprehensively awful, it is ending on a personal high note, with four book deals closed since Thanksgiving. If you subscribe to email notifications, I apologize for cluttering your inbox as I bring my agency newsfeed up to date!
I am particularly excited that Relationships 5.0: How AI, VR, and Robots Will Shape Our Love Lives will be published by Oxford University Press in early 2022. I spent seven years as an editor at OUP, and this is my first sale to my alma mater. It has been a delight to see this project enthusiastically championed and ultimately acquired by my former colleague, Sarah Humphreville.
Relationships 5.0 explores the same question that animated Spike Jonez’s film Her: what happens when we stop having relationships through technology, and start having relationships with technology? It charts a roadmap of current and near-future developments in emotional technology, focusing on three technological revolutions in the making: the cognitive revolution (AI), the sensual revolution (VR and AR), and the physical revolution (Robots). Blending history, sociology, science, and psychology, Relationships 5.0 shows that technological paradigm shifts always influence the relationships we form, and argues that the coming transition to a "Super Smart" society will profoundly change how we view our family lives, love affairs, and emotional needs.
Dr. Elyakim Kislev is a Fulbright Scholar and an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Government at the Hebrew University, specializing in minorities, social policy, relationships, and singles studies. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University and master's degrees in counseling, public policy, and sociology. His first book, Happy Singlehood (UCP, 2019), has been translated into eight languages, and his articles in Psychology Today have garnered close to half a million reads.
The Publishers Marketplace deal memo is below:
Congratulations to Elyakim and Sarah!