While his journey as a superhero on the big screen might be over (Spider-Man Far From Home could shed some more light on that), Downey is far from done. He has a long future in Hollywood ahead of him, and is doing even more than that in his personal life.
According to Business Insider, Downey was the keynote speaker at “Amazon’s brand new, premier, open-to-the-public Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space (re:MARS) conference in Las Vegas“. There, he delivered a speech that was thoroughly entertaining, and that is all the audience thought it was for, until he announced an initiative to clean up the planet using robotics and artificial intelligence.
“Recently, I was at a table with super smart, impressive, expert folks about six months ago, and the following statement was made: ‘between robotics and technology, we could probably clean up the planet significantly, if not entirely within a decade,’”
As Tony Stark would say “I see a suit of armor around the world.” But instead of protecting Earth from Mad Titans, he is defending against humans and their plastic.
Downey knows the idea is an ambitious one.
“I know it’s a kumbaya type dream. It’s a logistical clusterf–k,” he said. “I’m down with dedicating myself to maybe one small part of making good on that statement, even in abject failure, it’s still the best idea I’ve ever had.”
Look, it is a good idea. We are depleting this planets resources, and not doing anything to sustain it for the future. This won’t become preachy, but there is a ring of garbage in the ocean that is killing coral reefs, and it breaks my heart.
Of course, Downey ended the introduction of the idea in true Downey fashion saying “I’ve got to do something. I’m unemployed.”
It is great to see people in positions of power even attempt to do something good. We are so used to seeing people with power abuse that power. For someone to take that power and privilege, and turn it into something positive deserves to be celebrated. Of course, this could be the beginning of making The Terminator a documentary instead of a sci-fi fiction adventure, but I guess that is a chance we will have to take….
Source: Business Insider