Dugan, who served as director of DARPA, unveiled her plans to leave in a Facebook post Tuesday.
She said that early next year she would be leaving the social media giant to focus on a new endeavor. Dugan also said that she will work with Facebook to ensure that the project she has been coordinated, Project 8, survives the transition.
Dugan Left Google Too
Under the name of ‘Advanced Technology Projects,’ Dugan managed some controversial projects at Google between 2012 and 2016. The ATP included the augmented reality project Tango which was supposed to be included in a smartphone and a now-defunct modular phone known as Ara.
In 2016, the tech executive left the web search giant for Facebook where she was in charge with a privately funded project known as Building 8. Under that project, the team developed various gadgets and technologies, of which only a few have been unveiled.
At F8, Facebook unveiled a project called ‘Silent Voice First’ which is an effort to enable computer algorithms to read the human mind. The technology could prove handy for people with severe disabilities or regular folks with their hands busy while trying to access Facebook. But the idea of a computer to actually read your mind was at least creepy for most people.
In April, it was Dugan who presented the new tech having on stage a volunteer that could type eight words per minute with her mind alone. The technology is not new, though. The U.S. government’s DARPA has invested heavily in computer-to-brain interfaces that could enable injured soldiers restore memories or cure mental disease.
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