Dear Members of Congress,
I’m a machine learning engineer, and I’m emailing you today because my research shows unambiguously that small scale, cheap devices can be easily turned into potentially dangerous machines using algorithms that require relatively few lines of code to function.
Similar algorithms can likely be hidden on consumer devices, since they require so little power and memory to function.
Attached is a short paper that shows how this can be done using an ordinary PC, including all of the code necessary to run the algorithms, and see for yourself that this is in fact the case.
Prior to working in artificial intelligence, I was a derivatives lawyer at BlackRock, Inc., McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and an author for The Atlantic. I was a mathematician prior to practicing law.
Though the motivation for my research is commercial, I thought it would be reckless for me not to bring these algorithms to the attention of a responsible party in government. Since there is no clear regulator in this space that I’m aware of, I thought the Members copied on this email would be a good starting point.
As a general matter, my research shows that artificial intelligence is probably far more powerful than the government and public realize. The bottom line is that malicious actors could use these techniques to do serious harm to the American people, and our infrastructure, using small devices.
The full suite of my research papers on artificial intelligence is available here:
I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.