Facebook raids Google for head of new lab

Facebook has hired Regina Dugan from Google, poaching the former director of the US research agency DARPA to lead a new research and development lab focused on large technological leaps. The social network will invest hundreds of millions of dollars and hundreds of people in the new unit called Building 8, which will create products to advance Facebook’s mission of “connecting the world”. Building 8 will work on hardware powered by Facebook software in areas such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and chief executive, said Ms Dugan will apply “DARPA-style breakthrough development” at the intersection of science and products. The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency laid the groundwork for many important consumer products we rely on today, such as GPS. “This method is characterised by…


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