Blockchain Momentum - Part 1 of 2

, Yoshinori Oe, Blockchain

Overview

    A blockchain provides an immutable record of transactions performed across a network without the need to rely on an intermediary, such as a central bank.     It is a concept that brings together economics and digital technologies in a way that was never before conceived. Blockchain enables not just new means by which to deliver financial services and support cryptocurrencies, but can also reshape and redefine government, legal services, accounting, insurance, supply chains, and energy distribution.

Rakuten's Intellectual Property activities for future innovations

, Masayuki Chatani, AI


    Recently I have received five Certificates of Patent from Japan Patent Office as shown in the picture below.

Enhancing Microservices Communication - Service Mesh

, KAZUHIRO TACHIBANA, CONTAINER

Overview

    Cloud Native Application Architecture (a.k.a CNAA) came up with the idea of microservices which have changed application design and deployment pattern with two key factors, container (e.g. Docker) and orchestration layer (e.g. Kubernetes). They’ve also brought new approach to guarantee network communication to stay reliable, fast, secure, observable and manageable and at last it resulted in “Service Mesh”.
    This blog introduces what and why Service Mesh, it’s fundamental concept, major features and two key products implementing the features.
    Lastly, you will get highly recommended blue print of the architecture for building Service Mesh.

Mobile Automation Device Lab


Mobile Automation Device Lab

As the world moves mobile so must the effort for testing and automating the quality checks for our apps. In today’s fragmented world of Android and IOS with different versions and different handset vendors, there is much to verify. In Rakuten, we need to test on real devices and to achieve this level of automation, we have hacked together our very own device lab.

There Is No Artificial Intelligence

, Laurent Ach, AI

All the recent amazing achievements of artificial intelligence are categorized as narrow intelligence, but there is a lot of speculation about general and super intelligence. A recent, famous and impressive example of narrow intelligence is AlphaGo (and later AlphaGo Zero) by DeepMind, which can beat the top human players of the game of Go, considered for decades as very difficult for computers to play.

Continuous Delivery Industry Best Practice

, KAZUHIRO TACHIBANA, CD

Overview

    While the DevOps movement inspired large, enterprise organization with agile practices to allow developers to make quick changes, many of these organization have faced with the difficulty in getting full benefit as their legacy development process were not designed for supporting short software development delivery cycles and frequent production release.

Eight ways AI applications are already making conventional EC smarter – from chatbots to creative AI

, Masaya Mori, AI

    There’s no doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) will fundamentally change the world over the next few decades. What many do not realize however, is that in some fields, it has already become a large part of the status quo. One such example is e-commerce (EC).

Rakuten’s First Personalized Bot & Beyond

, Masayuki Chatani, AI

    I am happy to share the news that Rakuten had introduced our first personalized chatbot based on Rakuten AI Platform. This AI Platform was announced in April, 2017 and is DevOp-ed by AI Promotion Department at Rakuten.

Collaborative Ecosystems with Data and AI at Rakuten Institute of Technology

, Masaya Mori, AI

New Approach to Innovation – A Collaborative Ecosystem

    Data is one of the most important resources for the economy in the present age. And what’s more, AI is now bringing new value to society at a significant pace.

AI-nization at Rakuten

, Masayuki Chatani, AI

Introduction of Rakuten AI Platform

    At Rakuten, AI Promotion Department was established in August, 2016 and accelerates the commercial deployment of AI functionalities to various Rakuten services.