Real-Life Iron Man: Robert Downey Jr. On A Mission To Save The Planet In 10 Years

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Though Tony Stark aka Iron Man for Marvel fanatics around the world, the tech billionaire who makes the world a better place in science fiction movies, sacrificed himself in order to save the universe at the end of Avengers: Endgame, he’s going to exist in real life. Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man’s alter ego, is taking it upon himself to save the Earth from a major environmental crisis using robotics and nanotechnology – in next 10 years.

During the opening keynote address at Amazon’s re: Mars (machine learning, automation, robotics, and space) artificial intelligence conference in Las Vegas, the real-life superhero announced his new venture, called the Footprint Coalition, to clean up the planet significantly, if not entirely, within a decade.

“I was at a table with super-smart, impressive, expert folks about six months ago, and the following statement was made: ‘Between robotics and nanotechnology, we could probably clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years’. Being essentially a 54-year-old child, I said, ‘Let’s do it! Let’s commit to a process, let’s form a coalition.’ And that did not inspire the reaction I expected. It was dead silence.”

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The actor, who Forbes estimates to have a net worth of $300 million, is expected to officially launch the Footprint Coalition in April 2020. He added:

“I’m going to spend the next months putting this together correctly and getting actual smart people around me. In 11 years, when I’m 65, if we’ve made even a little dent in what I think is a massive threat to our future and the mess we leave behind, I’m going to come back and throw the nuttiest retirement party you’ve ever seen.”

At one point, Downey Jr. confessed to being a contributor to the environmental crisis plaguing the world. “I have this quiet sense of crisis. I’m a one-man carbon footprint nightmare colossus,” he said.

A Footprint Coalition website is now live for supporters to sign up for updates and alerts. “Thanks for your interest in the Footprint Coalition, and for caring about Mother Earth. Sign up for our newsletter and you’ll be the first to know about our next steps on this environmental journey,” the website reads.

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