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Robert Downey Jr. wants to clean the environment with robots, nanotech and AI

Robert Downey Jr. wants to clean the environment with robots, nanotech and AI

Actor and producer Robert Downey Jr. launched a group during the re:MARS conference of Amazon in Las Vegas, which will use advanced technology to clean up the environment “significantly, whether totally or not” in about ten years time.

Downey Jr. said that specifically robots, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence (AI) can help to clean the environment faster than people realise, writes Silicon Angle. The goal of the coalition is therefore to complete this in the ten years after it begins in April 2020.

It is not clear how the group, called the Footprint Coalition, intends to do all this exactly. The coalition has launched a website, but it’s pretty empty and actually a place to sign up for the group’s newsletter. The website contains only the text “coming soon”.

Downey Jr. also revealed in his keynote, which covered everything from his difficult period in the 1980s to his successful role as Tony Stark in Iron Man, that he is quite concerned about the future of mankind. “I must admit that I have a quiet sense of crisis,” says the actor. He also admitted that he himself is part of the problem.


Furthermore, Downey Jr. showed a great interest in AI. Moreover, this interest does not appear to be superficial. Swami Sivasubramanian, vice president of Amazon AI, says that he and his team helped to brief Downey Jr. on the evolution of AI and the AI services now offered by Amazon Web Services.

Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey also appear to be producing a documentary series about AI for YouTube, in which she examines AI and the impact it will have on people’s lives.

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