Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t pretend to be a brilliant scientist — even though he’s played Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, for the past 11 years. But on Tuesday night he attended Amazon’s new open-to-the-public Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics, and Space (re:MARS) tech conference in Las Vegas — a room filled with artificial-intelligence legends, astronauts, and other dignitaries — as a keynote speaker. And just when the crowd thought Downey was just there to entertain, he got the audience to cheer: At the end of his talk he announced that he was launching a new initiative called Footprint Coalition. Its goal is nothing less than to use robotics, artificial intelligence, and technology to clean up the Earth and reverse its carbon footprint in a decade. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t pretend to be a brilliant scientist — even though he’s played Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, for the past 11 years. But on Tuesday night he attended Amazon’s new open-to-the-public Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space (re:MARS) tech conference in Las Vegas — a room filled with artificial-intelligence legends, astronauts, and other dignitaries — as a keynote speaker. He delivered a gag-filled talk that […]

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