It is easy to say that we are living in a more goal world, particularly with the worlds of fiction and reality increasingly overlapping. Maybe it's just coincidence due to a more complex world, which often requires situations and solutions that we used to see only in fiction.
Anyone who writes fiction, however, will know that reality is fast approaching the technologies seen in Marvel's cinematic universe. We all saw how Tony Stark / Iron Man joked with artificial intelligence, something that already evolved daily in the real world.
Robert Downey Jr. is now using his wealth to use similar technologies in possibly saving the world's environment. Now, we wonder if Marvel's superheroes have created End of the game reality in our reality.
Let's be grateful that Downey is using his wealth for something useful
With Robert Downey Jr.'s net worth announced at a whopping $ 300 million (one of today's top five earners), it's a satisfying feeling to know that he will not lean on his money like Scrooge McDuck.
Even he probably struggled to figure out how he could use this money to the best advantage in helping others. After all, he has always been known to be a generous soul, despite his troubled past.
With a constant barrage, we all face fatalistic headlines about civilization possibly ending in 2050 and the planet heating up faster than imagined, we have to turn to the rich in the world to find financial answers or support.
We are seeing some of the world's billionaires increase to some extent (see Bill Gates), but we do not always see celebrities like Downey performing to offer solutions.
Downey is linking its money with real technology experts
Everyone was a little surprised when Downey appeared at the re: MARS conference from Amazon in Las Vegas on June 4 to say that he is funding the use of artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to help solve our major environmental crisis.
So nobody will think he's doing all the work himself, he said he just got the idea recently by having an AI dinner party. It makes you wonder if this dinner went through the MCU universe and how surreal it was to discuss it like talking to Tony Stark.
Of course, we know Stark was a one-man show when it came to technology. As we saw in the MCU movies, he was messing with AI to use in other ways. Some fans even think he created an AI version of himself that could appear in a future movie to defy death.
Other than that, we know that Stark also used technology to save the world from danger. What kind of real world crossing are we seeing here?
Nanotechnology would really help bring about solutions
If you have not followed the developments in nanotechnology, this will help from medical procedures to major problems such as prevention of environmental degradation. No doubt, many scientists who develop these technologies have already had some plans to use them to slow down the apparent disappearance of the Earth.
The only thing that prevents everything is money, hence Downey's usefulness with a lot of money available in his bank account.
Then again, it seems that Downey has applied some of his creativity to offer some uses of these technologies to help clean the plastics that cover our oceans. His plan is one that occurs slowly over a decade, something that may not completely solve the problem. However, even a small amount of reversal of damage will keep us on the cliff.
On a larger sociological scale, the idea of others who play cinematic superheroes can become the real thing.
Playing superheroes may reinforce a commitment to solve problems.
Yes, this meta-world we are living in can have many great applications. One is in other actors who play superheroes taking the lead of Downey.
Maybe these other actors are not as rich as him. However, you have to consider whether they all considered becoming true superheroes somehow after assimilating their characters for almost a decade.
If you do not think this has not happened to Chris Evans after playing Captain America for nine years, we can see some interesting results in the next few years.