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Head of Facebook’s future lab will leave early next year

The ex-DARPA, ex-ATAP director is still looking to the future.
Rob LeFebvre, @roblef
October 17, 2017
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It's only been 18 months since Facebook enticed Google's advanced technology lead, Regina Dugan, to work at the social network's secret hardware lab, Building 8. Before starting Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) , Dugan worked as the director of DARPA, the US government's out-there research agency. Now the executive is moving on yet again. According to a Facebook post, Dugan will be leaving the social network "early next year ... to focus on building and leading a new endeavor."

Ending her resignation post with a quote from President Kennedy ("United, there is little we cannot do..."), Dugan provided no other details, besides the obligatory promise to make sure her transition from Building 8 is as smooth as possible. It's likely she'll be leading another big deal initiative in the area of tech research. One of Dugan's projects at Facebook included a brain interface device that might even "listen" to your skin, so whatever comes next could be just as exciting and out there.

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