A real life superhero is on a quest to save our planet from the Environmental Crisis it is in. Robert Downey Jr. just announced the launch of his organization called Footprint Coalition, which aims to save the planet in the next decade. The best part? He plans on achieving the goal with the use of advanced technology straight out of science fiction films.
Marvel fans will recognize Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, a billionaire committed to saving the world by using his genius and wealth to create advanced technology. With the announcement of his new project, it’s safe to say that Downey Jr. is the real-life version of Iron Man.
Last month, Downey Jr. was one of the featured speakers at the Amazon re:MARS event. During his speech, he announced the 2020 launch of the Footprint Coalition, a project with the aim of cleaning up the entire planet with the use of Artificial Intelligence and nanotechnology.
“Iron Man” actor Robert Downey Jr. spoke at this year’s re:MARS conference in Las Vegas — an event hosted by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos — about how robotics, AI, and other advanced technologies could be the solution for reversing humanity’s destructive carbon footprint.
Downey Jr. announced a brand-new initiative called Footprint Coalition, which sounds like something the fictional Tony Stark, who he plays in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, would come up with.
“Recently, I was at a table with super smart, impressive, expert folks about six months ago, and the following statement was made: ‘between robotics and technology, we could probably clean up the planet significantly, if not entirely within a decade,’” he said, as quoted by Business Insider.
But details on what the Coalition will actually do specifically and how it will get funding are still sparse. A new website went up shortly after Downey Jr.’s announcement with a simple sign-up sheet — but that’s pretty much the extent of what we know about the effort.
Downey Jr. made it clear that he doesn’t only want to be part of the solution — he’s been a big part of the problem as well.
“I have this quiet sense of crisis,” he said at the event. “I’m a one-man carbon footprint nightmare colossus.”