fu·tur·ist | \ˈfyü-chə-rist \

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

Examples of futurist in a Sentence

economic futurists predict a new world order in which information is the resource that drives a nation's economy

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Rather, futurists use science and data to figure out what the world might look like in 20, 50 or 100 years. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to See the Future," 15 Aug. 2016 And the third thing is, every day, in every moment, be a futurist. S. D. Chrismon, The Root, "‘It Gets Better’: The Lie We Tell LGBTQ Youths," 15 June 2018 On the night of his murder, Dumas, who in photos was a lean, goateed man, had just left a rehearsal with jazz futurist Sun Ra and his Space Arkestra, and was headed downtown, perhaps to hear more way-out musical sounds at the Vanguard or Slugs. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Series Exhumes Out-of-Print Books by Black Authors," 14 June 2018 Men, particularly black men, have as much of a stake as women in countering a culture of hypermasculinity, said futurist comedian Baratunde Thurston. WSJ, "Is There a Future Perfect?," 10 May 2018 Last year, futurist Elon Musk announced a new project: a medical research company called Neuralink set to develop a new generation of brain implant devices—which may, among other things, help us in the coming AI apocalypse. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Don’t charge your brain implant during thunderstorms, docs warn after incident," 5 May 2018 But even the most optimistic of futurists aren't convinced that America's education system is equipped to retrain the nation's more than 126 million full-time workers. Tracey Lien, latimes.com, "Algorithms are coming for their jobs, so workers are teaching themselves algorithms," 4 May 2018 His two other major projects are Shabaka and the Ancestors, a collaboration with young South African musicians that has a forbearing, serious mission, and the Comet Is Coming, an astro-futurist trio influenced by electronic dance music. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "With Sons of Kemet, Shabaka Hutchings Brings London Jazz Into the Spotlight," 28 Mar. 2018 But above all, the longtime dean of the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology was a futurist, and the experimental city was his brainchild that combined his many passions. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "How a $10 Billion Experimental City Nearly Got Built in Rural Minnesota," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of futurist

circa 1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of futurist

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

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