Designing smart objects for everyday life demands a new approach: no longer focused on a single object and a single user, but on an ecological system of countless objects and users. This approach is central in the new Delft Design Lab for Expressive Intelligence and the recently published book Designing Smart Objects in Everyday Life.

One robot to feed the cattle, another to milk them and a third to clear up the dung. This is no longer a fictional scenario but is already a reality on some farms. So a community of robots gradually develops on the farm, in which each robot has its own intention. But how can the robot community be designed in such a way that it operates in accordance with the same values that the farmer finds important in his business, such as respect and safety?