The New York Times: Building Smarter Machines Timeline
The New York Times published a great timeline on history of artificial intelligence. You can see there a brief overview of a recent development in the area of robots, speech & voice recognition, thinking machines and so on.
You’ll also meet such phenomenal persons as Arthur C. Clark, Isaac Asimov, Alan Turing, Marvin Minsky and many others. As well as I.B.M.’s Deep Blue.
So do not procrastinate and Dial F for Frankenstein.