Robert Downey Jr. To Create Foundation That Uses Robots to Clean the Environment


By Mandy Froelich / Truth Theory

Robert Downey Jr. isn’t just a beloved Hollywood actor, philanthropist, and writer. He is also a “robotics environmentalist,” according to a recent announcement.

In early June, the Iron Man actor attended the Amazon Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference stands for “Machine learning, Automation, Robotics and Space,” and hosted a variety of speakers who gave presentations on the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI).

One of the presenters was Downey Jr., who talked about how he and his wife, Susan, will be the executive producers of a new YouTube Red documentary series on AI. While he was on stage, the actor also announced his plan to create a new foundation that will use nanotechnology and robotics to help clean up the environment.

Few details were shared on how the organization will launch its clean-up mission. But, a  Footprint Coalition website went live shortly after the actor’s announcement. Right now, the website features a sign-up sheet for future newsletters and updates.

Downey Jr. says he will be spending the next 11 months working with UN experts to build up the organization. He is hopeful the coalition can get to work by April 2020. The Hollywood actor thinks that “between robotics and nanotechnology, we could probably clean up the planet significantly, if not entirely, within a decade.”

Like many people, Downey Jr. didn’t consider his carbon footprint until recent years. He reflected on this, saying: “I have this quiet sense of crisis. I’m a one-man carbon footprint nightmare colossus … [but] I want to change.”

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The robotics environmentalist may not yet have a detailed plan, but his net worth is about $81 million, according to Forbes. That should be more than enough to start cleaning up the planet.

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