[Business Story] Super Zuckerberg is building his army. In order to take over the world?
Facebook just announced the launch of a new research lab named Building 8 that will focus on hardware development and innovation. To lead the department, Mark Z appointed Regina Dugan, a former top Google executive. She originally got a PHD in mechanical engineering and was the first woman to lead the DARPA, Pentagon’s mythic research lab, from 2009 to 2012. Mark Z’s ambition for Building 8 seems real: he wrote in a Facebook post that “hundreds of people” and “hundreds of millions of dollars” will be invested in the project over the next few years.
This ambition is perfectly in line with Mark’s 10-year strategic plan, since it will focus on topics such as artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and extending Internet access around the world. It is interesting to note how software companies and social networks are trying to become legit by seriously extending their brand towards hardware and tangible developments — as if dominating the online universe was not sufficient anymore.
One thing is for sure: in 2016, the reviving war for hardware supremacy has more contenders than ever.
Originally published at knowledge.fredfarid.com.