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17 things to look forward to in 2017

For the Rakuten Group, 2017 was destined to be a special year. It marks 20 years since the company’s founding and now we’re about to embark on a partnership wit...
When it comes to chatbots Dexter is changing the game

Move over VR: Chatbots are the next big thing

Bots are hot. Or, as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says, they’re “the new apps.” But what caused this sudden rise to fame? Chatbots aren’t exactly new: Their d...
SONY’S YASUO TAKAHASHI ON THE FUTURE OF VR

Sony’s Yasuo Takahashi on the future of VR

With the recent launch of PlayStation VR, a virtual reality headset compatible with the Sony PlayStation 4, the future of gaming looks set to change forever. Bu...
Our tech predictions for 2017

Tech predictions for 2017

Last month, Rakuten brought together some of the world’s most innovative thinkers for our 10th annual Rakuten Technology Conference in Tokyo. Now, as 2016 winds...
Can AI outsmart humans?

Will AI really outsmart humans?

Computers have beaten humans in chess, Go and, most recently, rock-paper-scissors. Could it be that artificial intelligence (AI) will surpass human intelligence...
How to achieve mindfulness at work? Asian businesswoman sitting on table and meditating.

Tips for bringing mindfulness to the workplace

Practitioners have been reaping the benefits of “mindfulness” for more than 2,500 years, but only now is the corporate world catching on to its merits. The prac...
Rakuten Technology Conference 2016

Rakuten Technology Conference 2016 in pictures

We pulled out all the stops this year for our 10th annual Rakuten Technology Conference. With more than 1,500 visitors and 60 speakers from 15 countries present...