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Definition of futurist

1 : one who studies and predicts the future especially on the basis of current trends
2 : one who advocates or practices futurism

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futurist adjective

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economic futurists predict a new world order in which information is the resource that drives a nation's economy
Recent Examples on the Web Rather than relying on predictions from labor economists and futurists, Brookings used a novel technique developed by Stanford University researcher Michael Webb. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Boulder, Denver economies highly susceptible to disruption from artificial intelligence," 21 Nov. 2019 Film: Tesla is a Serbian immigrant futurist whose innovation potential lands him a job with Edison Electric. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "The real story behind 'The Current War,' about Edison, Tesla and Westinghouse," 21 Oct. 2019 Direct brain-to-brain communication has been a subject of intense interest for many years, driven by motives as diverse as futurist enthusiasm and military exigency. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Scientists Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans," 29 Oct. 2019 Her fans include everyone from singer and actress Janelle Monaé to African futurists Nnedi Okorafor and Wanuri Kahiu, who are cowriting Amazon Prime Video’s Wild Seed series with Viola Davis co-producing. Tananarive Due, Essence, "Inside My 90-Minute Visit With Octavia Butler," 4 Oct. 2019 As a result, neural nets can do all sorts of things that futurists have long predicted for computers but couldn’t execute until recently. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The New Yorker," 25 May 2018 Thirty years ago, only a handful of futurists and businesses were predicting the digital revolution that has pretty much completely upended old models of commerce, communication, and connectivity. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Accessibility, the future, and why Domino’s matters," 20 Oct. 2019 While its sequel has moved more in the direction of space opera, the original had a foot firmly planted in retro-futurist space exploration aesthetics and the broad optimism that comes with them. Wired, "In Shadowkeep, Destiny 2 Is Ready to Kill the Past," 3 Oct. 2019 Getnet Assefa Getnet Assefa is a computer scientist and an ardent futurist who constantly ruminates on the startling capabilities of machines and their place in our future. Quartz Staff, Quartz Africa, "Quartz Africa Innovators 2019: leading the change for Africa’s future," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of futurist

circa 1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of futurist was circa 1846

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“Futurist.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/futurist. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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: a person who tries to tell what the future will be like

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