Tech & Innovation

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    OpenAI COO Brad Lightcap and Rakuten Group Chief AI & Data Officer Ting Cai discuss future AI trends and technologies at an event in Tokyo at Rakuten HQ.

    Rakuten & OpenAI: What’s next in GenAI?

    OpenAI has officially landed in Japan. A strategic AI partner of Rakuten from fall 2023, the company behind ChatGPT has set up shop in Tokyo – their first office in Asia. Rakuten and OpenAI marked the occasion by hosting an event at Rakuten Crimson House, which kicked off with a lecture from OpenAI Solutions Engineer Evan Weiss for Rakuten’s e-commerce and travel consultants. During the talk, Weis…

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    Rakuten Product Conference 2024 brought together tech luminaries, engineers, researchers and enthusiasts from across the globe to discuss two of the hottest topics in technology: enterprise SaaS and AI

    Revolutionizing enterprise SaaS and AI: Insights from Rakuten Product Conference 2024

    On May 21 and 22, Rakuten Product Conference 2024 brought together tech luminaries, engineers, researchers and enthusiasts from across the globe to discuss two of the hottest topics in technology: enterprise SaaS (Software as a Service) and artificial intelligence. Hosted at Rakuten India’s office in the bustling heart of Bengaluru and streamed to a global audience, the conference underscored Raku…

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    To understand Japan's perspective on AI, Rakuten's consumer research arm Rakuten Insight quizzed some 900 people aged 20-69 in March 2024.

    This is what Japan thinks about AI

    From bullet trains to futuristic restrooms, Japan has a reputation for being bullish on new tech. But what about AI? The recent rise of AI tools such as ChatGPT has sparked debate around the world, with some praising AI’s potential for boosting efficiency, and others raising concerns about its potential effects on human society. To understand Japan’s perspective on AI, Rakuten’s…

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    Rakuten Product Conference, the flagship event from Rakuten India, is set to take place virtually on May 21 and 22 2024 under the theme of ‘reimagining innovation’.

    Reimagining innovation: Looking forward to Rakuten Product Conference ’24

    Innovation is rarely simply the byproduct of individual brilliance. More often, it is the result of conversations — conversations that challenge, inspire and prompt individuals to rise above the ordinary. Rakuten Product Conference, the flagship technology symposium from Rakuten India, is held each year with this ethos at its core. Slated to take place virtually on May 21 and 22, Rakuten Pro…

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    Rakuten’s booth at MWC 2024 was a hub for AI discussions, demos, and headlining the company’s booth theater on Day 3 was a special AI Showcase.

    Tech Experts discuss Rakuten’s unique AI approach at MWC Barcelona 2024

    Continuing its dominant run as the telco industry’s buzziest topic, AI was a key theme throughout Mobile World Congress 2024 in Barcelona. Throughout the four-day event, Rakuten’s booth was a hub for AI discussions, demos and forward-looking insights. Headlining the company’s booth theater on Day 3 was a special AI Showcase featuring three experts from Rakuten Mobile, Rakuten Symphony and th…

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    The newly announced Kobo Libra Colour and Kobo Clara Colour blend the vibrancy of life and literature in two eye-catching new models.

    Kobo in color: Digital reading innovator unveils first-ever color eReaders

    The newly announced Kobo Libra Colour and Kobo Clara Colour blend the vibrancy of life and literature in two eye-catching models. Rakuten Kobo has announced its first-ever color E Ink eReaders with the new Kobo Libra Colour and Kobo Clara Colour, offering a new element to the digital reading experience Kobo fans already know and love. Kobo Libra Colour and Kobo Clara Colour feature a Kobo-optimize…

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    Led by Rakuten Group Chief Data Officer Ting Cai, Rakuten's AI team unveiled a suite of large language models with exceptional performance in Japanese.

    Rakuten’s Open LLM Tops Performance Charts in Japanese

    Japan’s open-source AI community is taking a major leap forward, thanks to the groundbreaking efforts of Rakuten’s AI engineers and scientists.Last week, Rakuten’s AI team unveiled a suite of large language models (LLMs) with exceptional performance in Japanese*1. Seven billion parameter models are the result of training on top of Mistral-7B, another open-source model with high p…

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    Rakuten Group CEO Mickey Mikitani spoke about an exciting prospect for the near future of Rakuten Mobile: direct satellite to smartphone connectivity.

    Imagine, your smartphone could soon connect to a satellite

    Trekking through the wilderness? Road tripping across a Japanese desert? Or even taking a trip to a remote island? Rakuten Mobile users may soon have a cell signal in these once disconnected domains. “Connectivity is a necessity no matter where you are.”Mickey Mikitani, Chairman and CEO, Rakuten Group At a press conference last month, Rakuten Group CEO Mickey Mikitani spoke about an ex…

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    Open RAN for everyone: Rakuten continues to empower a more open, innovative telecom industry

    Mickey Mikitani, Chairman & CEO, Rakuten Group Recently, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we made what I believe was one of the most disruptive announcements of the conference: Rakuten Symphony is going to start licensing its mobile software to anyone who wants to use it. Rakuten operates more than 70 different businesses around the world. We are a leader in e-commerce, travel, advertisi…

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