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2020-ongoing. Live-controlling device; Start-up, Concept and Prototypes.

Description and concept

BTrox will be the world’s first Intelligent Virtual Boss. The system will reproduce in human beings what the Ophiocordyceps unilateralis fungus does with ants (Evans, Elliot & Hughes, 2011). It will measure the user’s behavior patterns to accurately predict their needs and trends. It will then progressively take control of all of his life decisions. The project consists of a path of implementation for such a system as a fake startup campaign whose purpose is to bring into question how much control of our lives we are willing to give over to artificial intelligence systems. Three main levels of interaction with the system will be conceptualized: ADM (Assisted Decision Making), CFT (Control Fine-Tune) and FLC (Full Life Control). In its final stage, BTrox will acquire the form of a mobile application, a custom physical object and an architectural attachment.


  • Harry C. Evans, Simon L. Elliot, and David P. Hughes. Hidden diversity behind the zombie-ant fungus ophiocordyceps unilateralis: Four new species described from carpenter ants in minas gerais, brazil. PlosONE, 3(6):243–253, March/April 2011

Technical specifications

Project´s website:
Year: 2020-ongoing
Technique: Live-controlling device; Start-up, Concept and Prototypes. Explainer video (1920x1080, duration: 00:01:32), Stages Development explainer video (1920x1080, duration: 00:01:32), app mockup, objects.
Dimensions: Variable, minimmun: 3m x 5m

  • March 16, 2021. Open Studio - Iwamotocho Studio - 3331 Artist in Residence, Japan.

  • September 9, 2020. BIG D@T@! BIG MON€Y! HALLE 14 - Centre for Contemporary Art, Germany.


Direction and concept: Yonlay Cabrera.
Advisor: Akihiro Kubota.
3D modelling and animation: Yonlay Cabrera, Eduardo Cateura.
Music and Foley: Yurii Radko.
Voice-over: Chuck Brown.
Proofread: Robert Weyland.

Stages development - Stills
Presentation - Halle 14
Explainer video - Stills
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