Ex-DARPA chief, Google ATAP mastermind is heading to Facebook
Facebook announced today a bold new venture called Building 8, and it’s tapping none other than Regina Dugan to lead the charge.

Dugan is the former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a branch of the Department of Defense, and most recently served as head of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team.

ATAP is responsible for such ambitious projects as Project Tango and modular phone Project Ara. It’s famous for insanely aggressive timelines and out-there projects, both carryovers from Dugan’s time at DARPA that’ve resulted in some of the wildest tech we’ve seen in the last few years.

Building 8 will be “focused on building new hardware projects to advance our mission of connecting the world,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post.

“Building 8 is an opportunity to do what I love most… tech infused with a sense of our humanity. Audacious science delivered at scale in products that feel almost magic. A little badass. And beautiful. There is much to build at Facebook… and the mission is human… compelling,” Dugan wrote on her own page.

More to come…

Top image credit: Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook

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