The video below is from 2009 but the some of the comments really ring true.
Brian David Johnson, the futurist of Intel, described what if feels like being a futurist:
You start with understanding what people need and want.
You understand what technology holds for the next few years.
You collect data about the changing world.
Then you try to find out what it would feel like to be human in the near future based on the previous observations and data.
Thanks to http://scienceroll.com/