lou suSi @ MassArt

2011 MFA Design graduate from DMI

key terms, defined


in order to fully build an understandable argument, we all need to start from the same place — and that’s by understanding what the terms puppet and robot actually mean in our language according to some official source such as a modernday dictionary

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word puppet as follows:


nounoften attributive \ˈpə-pət\

Definition of PUPPET

a : a small-scale figure (as of a person or animal) usually with a cloth body and hollow head that fits over and is moved by the hand
b : marionette
: doll
: one whose acts are controlled by an outside force or influence <a puppet ruler>
— pup·pet·like adjective

Examples of PUPPET

  1. a dictator who was perceived as being an American puppet
  2. <gave her a puppet with strings for a gift>

Origin of PUPPET

Middle English popet youth, doll, from Middle Frenchpoupette, diminutive of *poupe doll, from Vulgar Latin*puppa, alteration of Latin pupa

First Known Use: 1538

Related to PUPPET

Synonyms: action figuredollypoppet [Midland], doll


and then, as our running title for this thesis in-the-works suggests, we also now need to define the second important term, robot — Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word robot as follows:


noun \ˈrō-ˌbät, -bət\

Definition of ROBOT

a : a machine that looks like a human being and performs various complex acts (as walking or talking) of a human being; also : a similar but fictional machine whose lack of capacity for human emotions is often emphasized
b : an efficient insensitive person who functions automatically
: a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks
: a mechanism guided by automatic controls
— ro·bot·ism noun

Examples of ROBOT

  1. The cars are assembled by robots.

Origin of ROBOT

Czech, from robota compulsory labor; akin to Old High German arabeit trouble, Latin orbus orphaned — more at orphan

First Known Use: 1922

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any automatically operated machine that replaces human effort, though it may not look much like a human being or function in a humanlike manner. The term comes from the play R.U.R. by Karel Capek (1920). Major developments in microelectronics and computer technology since the 1960s have led to significant advances in robotics. Advanced, high-performance robots are used today in automobile manufacturing and aircraft assembly, and electronics firms use robotic devices together with other computerized instruments to sort or test finished products.

Author: lou suSi

lou suSi is an accomplished designer focused on ux, design education, curation, performance, dynamic media, humor and cyberSurrealism — lou earned his MFA in Design from Dynamic Media Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2011 — he currently works as an interdependent artist and lead user experience designer and innovation architectural consultant as lou suSi DESIGN

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