Speaking at Amazon’s Re:Mars conference on Tuesday in Las Vegas, the actor announced the start of a new organisation called The Footprint Coalition, which is committed to cleaning up the planet with the use of advanced technologies (via Variety).
“Between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years,” Downey Jr. said.
Robotics and nanotechnology? This whole billionaire tech-genius thing has rubbed off on him a bit, hasn't it?
He revealed that he had been told about the possibilities of the technology a few weeks before the conference by a panel of experts, before joking: “God, I love experts. They’re like Wikipedia with character defects.”
Throughout the talk, Downey Jr spoke about the significance of artificial intelligence, arguing that it's a technological advancement that gives him hope. He also admitted to feeling concerned about the environment and his own personal impact on it.
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“I have this quiet sense of crisis. I’m a one-man-carbon-footprint-nightmare-colossus," he said, admitting that he has contributed to the climate crisis more than others with his carbon footprint.
Downey Jr's real-life Iron Man antics have since been praised by his Avengers co-star Chris Evans, with the Captain America star simply tweeting: "Legend."
The Footprint Coalition is set to launch in April of 2020 and you can sign up on their website for more information when it arrives.
Avengers: Endgame is out now.
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