In 20 years, you won't need to take a walking tour of the top labs in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Instead, you might make a "virtual" visit. Or you could send your trusty robot to fetch information from tomorrow's vast databases.

In the meantime, BUSINESS WEEK reporters visited two dozen of the world's most highly regarded computer science laboratories. In the following pages are their reports from seven: Stanford, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Edinburgh, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sony, and British Telecom. The result is a walking tour of tomorrow.

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