BTrox


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.

References:

  • 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: https://www.btrox.net/
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
Shows:

  • 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.

Credits

Direction and concept: Yonlay Cabrera
Advisors: Akihiro Kubota, Luis Diago
3D Modeling: Eduardo Antonio Cateura Alpízar
Proofread and Japanese translation: Robert Weyland
Support: BIG D@T@! BIG MON€Y! Grant by HALLE 14 - Centre for Contemporary Art; Tama Art University Graduate School, Information Design Department; Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Science (MIMS).


Presentation - Halle 14

Photograph: © HALLE 14, Leipzig | Walther Le Kon, 2020

Photograph: © HALLE 14, Leipzig | Walther Le Kon, 2020

Photograph: © HALLE 14, Leipzig | Walther Le Kon, 2020

Explainer video - Stills


Stages development - Stills