From personal jetpacks to a permanent colony on Mars, things that were once squarely in the realm of science fiction seem to be on the way to becoming scientific fact. What do kids make of all the progress? Are they upbeat on the changes? Or wary?
To find out NASA's Langley Research Center recently hosted "The Future Is Now," an art contest for students ranging from kindergarteners to 12th graders.
“The idea was for young artists to take technologies that once seemed far away and explore how they were becoming reality today,” Langley spokesperson Kristina Ruhlman said in a written statement.
"Optimism, it would seem, that we will one day conquer the stars in a way that our grandparents had only dreamed," Matt Novak wrote on Gizmodo's "Paleofuture Blog." "Pessimism, in a way that can only be communicated with a handful of arctic animals surrounded by melting ice and an oppressive sun rising behind them."
Take a tour through our future with a selection of the drawings below.