We saw how well using technology to save the world worked out for Tony Stark in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron‘ but Robert Downey Jr. wants to use a similar approach to clean up the world with the Footprint Coalition. This non-Avengers initiative was announced as he delivered the opening keynote for Amazon’s Re: Mars conference in Las Vegas this year. The Footprint Coalition is set to launch by April of 2020 and has some very lofty goals which are hard to argue against.
According to the actor who played Iron Man, “Between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years.” He shared this after a roundtable of experts had helped create the idea and in a very Tony Stark kind of way joked that “God I love experts. They’re like Wikipedia with character defects.”
Kidding aside, this came at the tail end of a 20-minute talk about artificial intelligence. We all know how well that worked in the MCU.
All we need is an AI running about realizing humanity is to blame for polluting the planet and decides it knows how best to take care of the root cause.
While the idea sounds great, no real details were shared at this time, and the initial website which went live as the speech ended is only a mailing list to find out more details when they become available. While discussing how humanity has impacted the environment, Downey Jr. shared that “I have this quiet sense of crisis. I’m a one-man carbon footprint nightmare colossus.”
It will be interesting to see what this initiative will look like going forward and you also have to wonder if playing the part of a futurist for so many years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has at all helped him evolve into wanting to do something like this to improve our planet.
Are you excited to find out more about The Footprint Coalition? What kind of technology do you feel they might be trying to use to “clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years”? Share your thoughts in the comments below!