TIME magazine has been around, well, a long time. Its first issue was published 100 years ago, on March 3, 1923. Life was different back then. The Ford Model T was the most popular car in America. Meanwhile, kids were excited by a little red wagon called the Radio Flyer. Speaking of radio, did you know it was a new technology in 1923? Television didn’t even exist.
We’ve come a long way since 1923. To celebrate a century of TIME, we asked TIME for Kids readers: What will the world be like 100 years in the future? And we invited you to imagine what might be on TIME’s cover in 2123. Amazing artwork and writing began to fill our inbox. Here are a few examples of how kids see the world 100 years from now, as well as the questions, predictions, and hopes they have for the kids of the future. We wish we had room to include everything! Your creativity and curiosity inspire us.
—CYBORG, Ava P., 10, Concord, New Hampshire
Hi 2123 kids! Do you have healthy candy, robots that will do what you want them to do, or medicine that will make you live longer? If so, that would be awesome!
—Alexander L., 9, Boston, Massachusetts
—Erandy F., 13, Sweeny, Texas
Maybe instead of getting ready in the morning, there will be this machine you could walk through that would shower you, dress you, do your hair, brush your teeth and everything else. You would just have to stand there for 30 seconds.
—Tulia W., 10, Columbia. Missouri
—Bailey F., 8, Boyertown, Pennsylvania
In 100 years, I hope people will not have wars with each other anymore.
—Luciana M., 8, Columbia, Missouri
—Korah K., 11, Geneseo, Illinois
Dear People of 2123,
I have way too many questions to ask you guys. Is people’s mental health better or worse than in 2023? Have you traveled to more planets? (Right now, we have only gone to the moon and sent rovers to Mars.) Have global warming and pollution gotten better or worse? Even though I am most likely not here in 100 years, my ghost is probably still curious. I also hope that in 2123, everyone is finally accepted for who they are. I’m not asking for infinite happiness or anything—just acceptance.
—Erin C., 11, Columbia, Missouri
—Abby H., 14, Sweeny, Texas
Dear 2123, You definitely have flying cars by now, don’t try to hide it.
—Bosworth S., 10, Sugar Land, Texas
—Evelyn D., 10, Concord, New Hampshire