When it comes to Robert Downey Jr., we've all come to love his dry sense of humor and quick wit. But he's more than just a world-renown Hollywood actor; he's actually the real-life Iron Man. It looks the character he played, Tony Stark, in Iron Man, rubbed off on Downey as he's looking to save the planet.
Well, someone had to do it. And to be honest, we're completely on board with Downey being the one to lead the way. Back in the summer of 2019, at Amazon's Re: Mars conference in Las Vegas, Downey announced the launch of a new organization that is 100% committed to using technology towards the planet. The group is called the Footprint Coalition that was set to be scheduled to launch by summer 2020.
Downey gave his thoughts on the organization, "between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years, God I love experts. They're like Wikipedia with character defects."
This wasn't the first time Downey had spoken about using AI and other technology towards the planet. Downey and his wife Susan created an eight-episode series about the exploration of AI and it's the impact it has on the Earth and people's lives.
Though Downey didn't share any specific details on how the organization would achieve their goals, we're hoping that they're able to make a change because the Earth is in a dire situation. A UN report of biodiversity loss explained and warned the public on the possible loss of more than 1,000,000 different species around the world. More and more scientists are backing this claim, as they provide endless documentation of the devastation happening in the natural world.
This is when tech companies, entrepreneurs, and engineers can use their skills to adopt a new outlook on business. Though we love that Downey pushed this idea, he's not the first person who proposed using tech to solve the ongoing crisis happening in the natural world. Companies like Microsoft have announced $50 million towards AI development for Earth program, as well as startup-like Conservation X Labs, which focus on combating illegal wildlife trade using a handheld DNA barcoding device. Other technologies are also being developed such as tree-planting drones, and devices that remove the communication barrier with whales and dolphins. Environmental organizations like National Geographic and The Natural Conservancy are also working towards developing technology labs. Things are happening, and Downey is jumping on board.
Though, if there's one thing we know, it's that technology cannot solve our problems when it comes to the environment. When it comes to technology, we've learned through this era that it can only do so much. Everything has its limitations, including technology. Though the good intention should not be ignored and shunned, right now, we need all the help we can get to save the planet we live on. However, regardless of his organization, Downey's influence can certainly be used to help educate people and their need to become more environmentally aware.