Robert Downey Jr. used his part of the opening keynote for Amazon's Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas Tuesday evening to announce the launch of a new organization that is committed to using advanced technologies for the good of the environment. The Footprint Coalition, as the group is called, is scheduled to officially launch by April of 2020. "Between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years," Downey Jr. said, relaying that he had been given these insights a few weeks back by a roundtable of experts. They're like Wikipedia with character defects," he joked during his talk. The announcement came at the end of a 20-plus minute freewheeling talk about artificial intelligence, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Downey Jr.'s own career and the evolution of his Tony Stark character, which featured cameos from Amazon's AI assistant Alexa as well as Matt Damon, who joined via video.
Hollywood legend Robert Downey Jr. is putting down his Iron Man suit and taking up the bigger challenge of cleaning up the Earth. Iron Man's on-screen nemesis Thanos had a radical way of reducing humanity's impact on the Earth, but Downey Jr. hopes to use a more humane solution. Appearing on-stage at Amazon's new re:MARS (Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space) conference in Las Vegas, Downey Jr. launched an initiative called Footprint Coalition. "I don't pretend to understand the complexities we face as a species, just because I portrayed a genius in my professional life. My scholastic achievement peaked at a correctional finishing," Downey Jr. joked, in reference to being incarcerated on drug charges and never making it past high school.
Fox411: 'Iron Man' actor Robert Downey Jr. says he may give up playing the Marvel character before it becomes'embarrassing' It's claimed the Hollywood star will return as Tony Stark after giving his final performance in the "Avengers" franchise earlier this year. But it seems Disney's new streaming service offers the perfect opportunity to bring back the much-loved superhero. TALKS LIFE AFTER'IRON MAN,' 'AVENGERS': 'I AM NOT MY WORK' According to We Got This Covered, bosses are prepping for a series based on Ironheart, the teenage genius who continues Stark's legacy in the comic books. It's believed Downey Jr. will return in a voiceover capacity as his character will be an AI -- similar to Paul Bettany's J.A.R.V.I.S. -- who will train RiRi Williams to become a superhero. Ironheart was created by Marvel Comics back in 2015 but faced a backlash for its inaccurate portrayal of a young black female and for a lack of black female writers.
Actor Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, producer Susan Downey, are making an artificial intelligence documentary series on YouTube, the company announced today. The series will have eight episodes that are each an hour long and it's set to air on the paid membership-based YouTube Red platform next year. The series is still untitled, but we do know that Robert Downey Jr. will host and narrate the series, which will feature scientists, philosophers, and other experts in AI. YouTube says the series will explore how AI transforms the way we work and live in the present and future. The series will be executive produced by the Downeys through their production company Team Downey.
Robert Downey Jr. has been playing Iron Man for nearly a decade now, but the actor knows he'll have to hang up the arc reactor eventually. Downey recently hinted that he'll have to retire from the successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies in the future. "Everyone says to me it's like a glove that fits so well. I have to start over every time, but I am starting over with a pretty solid base," Downey told News.com.au. "I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven [MCU movies] I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time.