from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An adherent to the principles of the artistic movement of futurism.
- n. One who studies and predicts possible futures.
- adj. In the style of futurism.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One whose chief interests are in what is to come; one who anxiously, eagerly, or confidently looks forward to the future; an expectant.
- n. One who believes or maintains that the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Bible is to be in the future.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who has regard to the future; one whose main interest lies in the future; an expectant.
- n. In theology, one who holds that nearly the whole of the Book of Revelation refers principally to events yet to come.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who predicts the future
- adj. of or relating to futurism
- n. a theologian who believes that the Scripture prophecies of the Apocalypse (the Book of Revelation) will be fulfilled in the future
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And I've always been nervous about the term futurist, because you seem doomed to failure because you can't really predict it.
Even the term "futurist" is now considered a logical definition of a career which, if used a few years ago, would have given the vision of a carnival side show attraction.
According to a certain futurist, on-going technological developments (i.e. the Internet) will lead the U.S. society in a direction where being able to read and write in English well will become less important.
And thus I learned my first lesson about the profession: the way you become a futurist is simply to call yourself one.
Considering this potential Europe, de Gaulle the futurist is constantly in opposition to himself as de Gaulle the conservative.
She's a professional "futurist" - essentially, a lady who's learned how to milk money out of corporate CEOs by telling them about "trends" that she's spotted.
She says that medicine will allow human beings to "transcend commonly accepted limits" of human life and calls futurist Raymond Kurzweil, who promotes similar ideas, "the smartest guy on the planet."
Part sociologist, economist, psychologist and entrepreneur, Costa is described as a futurist, a trendist, and thought leader --- in the style of Thomas Friedman and Malcolm Gladwell -- whose insights result from examining the "big picture."
Albrecht, who is now also called a futurist in addition to being a consultant, gave a hindsight perspective on the industrys dalliance in the 1980s with the Swedish model: The service revolution Ron Zemke and I predicted so confidently in our book published in 1985 has turned out to be a service evolution, and a slow one at that.
On a side note, for a guy referred to as a futurist and visionary, why oh why was his latest collection given such craptastic cover art?