Robert Downey Jr. is respected as an actor and beloved for being one of the world’s most prominent smartasses.
Whether it’s starring in critically-acclaimed films like Chaplin or record-breaking blockbusters like the Avengers franchise Downey Jr. knows how to make an impact. And all those years of playing the supremely confident tech genius Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) seem to have rubbed off on Downey Jr. as he has now announced the launch of a mysterious new group called the Footprint Initiative that will aim to use technology to address the global environmental crisis.
According to Variety, Downey was speaking at Amazon’s “Re:Mars” conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, and said:
“Between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years.”
He also joked that wealthy citizens like himself were a big part of the problem, saying: “I’m a one-man carbon footprint nightmare colossus.”
Little is known about the initiative at this point (and its website is under construction) but in a presentation that also featured Matt Damon and Amazon’s “Alexa” system, Downey Jr. also spoke about the promise of artificial intelligence, or AI, to help save the environment.
There’s no word on whether the AI the group employs will be named Jarvis.
You can watch a few (very poorly filmed) videos of the event here.