Susan Calvin (Protégé)
Del Spooner (friend)
Lawrence Robertson (business partner)
Dr. Alfred Lanning (1960 - 2035 in the film) is the founder and lead robotics designer of USR. He learned that his early creation VIKI was becoming a dangerous and put together a plan to stop her. He created a modified NS-5 robot, Sonny and gave him free will so he could fight VIKI. He planned his death to force Del Spooner to investigate. He left behind a holographic guide to aid to help Spooner uncover the dangerous robots rebellion and prevent it.