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DC Gets Creative! The Creativity Conference Comes To Washington

Live updates from the 2014 Creativity Conference, a production of the Motion Picture Association of America in partnership with Microsoft and ABC News.

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  1. Welcome to ABC's live coverage of the Creativity Conference, which is being held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 2 at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Check back here for live coverage throughout the event. Follow @Creativity_Con
  2. Tyler Green of Creative Genius with his brother, the werewolf. That's about an hour and a half of work so far. #CreativityCon
  3. President and Chief Executive Officer of 3D Systems, Avi Reichental, talked about potential future of 3D printing systems. According to Reichental, the ability of devices to interpret gesturing and facial expressions is developing rapidly.


    “For the first time since the industrial revolution complexity is free,” Reichental explained, “for the first time we are democratizing craftsmanship.” 


    Reichental was joined by Mary Czerwinski, Research Manager and Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and ABC’s Rick Klein for a discussion on the question whether the movie ‘Her’ could become reality and advantages and disadvantages of operating systems.


    Reichental thinks that “in the next decade we will likely have a robotic companion that will take care of us from the moment we’re born until we die,” but also sees the risk that once you have these “incredible companions” you will get to “the moment where you wish not to have human interaction anymore,” or realize other side effects such as narcissism or isolation.


    The Holy Grail, according to Avi Reichental, “is making us better humans and more productive and leaving this planet better than we found it."


    –ABC’s Alina Kleineidam

  4. 3D Systems out of South Carolina brought a 3D printer to #CreativityCon
  5. Tech innovators and political and media leaders gathered in Washington D.C.’s Newseum for the second annual Creativity Conference, sponsored by the MPAA, Microsoft and ABC News. While last year’s primary attraction was Bill Clinton -- this year the guest list boasts a fake President, a real Vice President and a werewolf. 


    The conference opened with remarks from Former Sen. and CEO of the MPAA Chris Dodd, Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs for Microsoft Fred Humphries, and ABC News’ Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief Robin Sproul.  The event will feature panels and guest speakers like Vice President Joe Biden, Tony Goldwyn, the actor who plays President Fitzgerald Grant on “Scandal."


    –ABC’s Alexander Mallin

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