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Robert Downey Jr. Wants to Clean Up Earth With Robots and AI

June 5th 19__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Earth & Energy
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“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.

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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.

The Footprint Coalition is scheduled to launch by April 2020, Variety reports.

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The news comes after the actor was tapped to create a documentary mini-series on AI for YouTube Red (now YouTube Premium).

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.”

READ MORE: Robert Downey Jr. Announces Footprint Coalition to Clean Up the World With Advanced Tech [Variety]

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