Robert Downey Jr. Is Doing His Part To Save The World
Even after the *spoiler alert* tragic death of Tony Stark in Avengers: End Game, it goes without saying that Robert Downey Jr.’s real life personality is pretty damn close to the character he played on screen for more than 10 years. That similarity became even more apparent on Tuesday, when the actor delivered the opening keynote for Amazon’s Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas.
During the presentation, Downey helped announce the launch of a new organization that’s committed to using advanced technologies for the good of the environment. The Footprint Coalition is scheduled to officially launch by April of 2020.
“Between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years,” Robert said, relaying that he had been given these insights a few weeks back by a roundtable of experts. “God I love experts. They’re like Wikipedia with character defects,” he quipped during his speech.
This exciting announcement came at the end of a 20-plus minute freestyle talk about artificial intelligence, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Downey Jr.’s career, and the evolution of his Tony Stark character–which also featured cameos from Amazon’s AI assistant Alexa along with Matt Damon, who joined the presentation via video.
RDJ didn’t share any specific details on how the organization was going to achieve these goals, but said even making a small dent could be the most important thing he has ever done. Throughout his talk, Downey Jr. painted AI as a significant technological advancement that gave him hope, admitting that he has been one to find himself alarmed over the state of our environment.
This new project is far from the first time Downey has taken things like AI beyond the role of his beloved character, Tony Stark. The actor has also been producing a docu-series about AI for YouTube with his wife Susan Downey, according to Variety. The eight episode, hour-long series–which was first announced a year ago–is meant to explore AI and the impact it will have on people’s lives down the line.
So for anyone still upset over the ending of Tony Stark within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can rest assured that Robert is doing his part to make sure the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist lives on.