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Robert Downey Jr. is making a YouTube Red series about artificial intelligence

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 and I share a curiosity for AI, a complicated and often polarizing subject,” Susan Downey explained in a statement. “Our aim is to explore AI through a lens of objectivity and accessibility, in a thoroughly bold, splashy, and entertaining way.”

It’s not the first time that the Iron Man and Avengers star has expressed an interest in pioneering technology. According to a chapter in Elon Musk’s recent biography, during the production of 2008’s Iron Man, which kicked off Downey Jr.’s run playing tech billionaire Tony Stark, he requested a Tesla Roadster be placed inside Stark’s workshop to demonstrate the character’s technological prowess and foresight. And in 2016, Downey Jr. jokingly offered to voice Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s AI-based personal assistant the executive wanted to build in his own home.


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