Potential connections between AI and blockchain

, Masaya Mori, AI

AI and blockchain. These two technologies have both been drawing attention as drivers of a variety of innovations. However, it is not so well-known what kind of synergy could potentially be made between AI and blockchain. AI was identified as an important field of computer science back in 1956. Many applications and technologies have emerged since then. There have been many attempts to leverage it and many failures too over the past 60 years.

What Artificial Intelligence Can't Understand

, Laurent Ach, AI

Arguments and counterarguments about whether consciousness could emerge from Artificial Intelligence. Spoiler: it can’t. It has been common since a few years, to read that computers will achieve human-level intelligence in the next decades and even acquire subjective experience and consciousness. The next anticipated step is Intelligence Explosion or Super Intelligence, leading to the creation of a new species of artificial entities replacing or enslaving humanity. If you think that looks more like a science fiction scenario than a scientific discussion, you are right.

Rakuten TECH x Startup TECH with Rakuten Technology Conference 2018

, Madhawa Bandara, RTC

    Whilst many technology events are lined up around the world for this fall, Rakuten is proud to pioneer technology events in Asia by featuring one of the biggest conferences in the region, Rakuten Technology Conference 2018! Continuing the big success for the past decade, 12th Annual Rakuten Technology Conference will be held on 27th October 2018 at Rakuten Crimson House, Tokyo.

Message from the Chairperson of Rakuten Technology Conference 2018 Executive Committee

, Madhawa Bandara, RTC

   There is about one month for one of the biggest technology events in Asia region, Rakuten Technology Conference 2018(RTC), focusing on new technology trends like blockchain, AI, Bigdata and how the startups in these fields could benefit from the huge datasets that Rakuten owns and maintains within the Rakuten Ecosystem. The conference preparation team has been working hard to give the best possible experience for the attendees and make it the best and the biggest RTC so far and they have geared up the as we get close to the event with over a thousand of early registrations. So, if you haven’t still registered, please get registered at https://tech.rakuten.co.jp/ to save your spot for this valuable opportunity for free!

AI Shopping Assistant explained at The National Convention of "Society of Global Business"

, Masayuki Chatani, AI

    Since Rakuten AI platform has been launched in April 2017, we have launched 40+ AI Chatbot for external customers (consumers and business partners of Rakuten) as well as internal employees. But those are based on FAQ or frequently asked questions and provide answers to relatively simple questions.

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.

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.

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.