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Regina Dugan, Head of Facebook’s Covert Hardware Team, to Leave Social Network

Exec has led ‘Building 8’ team focused on AR, VR, and AI since 2016

Regina Dugan, head of Building 8, Facebook’s budding hardware lab, is leaving the social network at the end of the year.

Dugan announced the decision in a post on her Facebook page on Tuesday morning, saying she’ll be focusing “on building and leading a new endeavor,” without adding much else. Adding another layer of intrigue to her next project, Dugan finished with a quote from President Kennedy:

“The world is very different now. United, there is little we cannot do… divided, there is little we can do. Let us begin anew — remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness. And if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let both sides join in creating a new endeavor, where the strong are just and the weak secure. This will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days. Nor even perhaps in our lifetime. But let us begin.”

Dugan took the reins of Building 8 less than two years ago, moving up the road from Google. The clandestine team hasn’t released any products to date, but is focused on high-level projects like augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence and connectivity. A video chat device, tentatively called “Aloha,” is in the works.