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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...
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Halloween fever hits Crimson House

Halloween has never been hotter in Japan. With celebrations planned in city centers across the nation tonight and no shortage of frighteningly fun food and cost...
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...
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Watching Science Fiction Become Science Fact

Discovering more about what the future might hold was what got together global leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators earlier this month at the New Economy Summi...
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What Makes the Perfect Startup Pitch?

Next week, I’m in Tokyo for the NEST (New Economy Summit) 2016 and I’ve been given the opportunity to be a judge at the annual NEST Startup Challenge. Attend...