In 2035, humanoidrobots serve humanity by obeying the Three Laws of Robotics. Del Spooner, a Chicago police detective, distrusts robots after a car crash ended in a robot saving him over a preteen girl based on a chance of survival. Spooner’s body wascybernetically augmented after the incident by Dr. Alfred Lanning, co-founder of USR (U.S. Robotics), and inventor of the Laws. Lanning dies after falling several stories from his office and his death is labelled suicide by company CEO Lawrence Robertson. Lanning leaves Spooner a holographic device that responds to certain questions Spooner asks him. Spooner and robopsychologistSusan Calvin go to Lanning’s office, but find footage of his alleged suicide has been corrupted after consulting the building’s security AI V.I.K.I. (short for “Virtual Interactive Kinetic Intelligence”).