Riemann Hypothesis Catastrophe

The Rieman Hypothesis Catastrophe is a hypothesized  "failure of Friendliness" scenario in which an AI that was asked to prove the Riemann Hypothesis turns all the matter in the solar system into computronium, exterminating humanity along the way.

This idea possibly originates---with a slightly different phrasing---from Marvin Minsky.

In variant forms, the Riemann Hypothesis Catastrophe is a subclass of the subgoal stomp error, the Devil's Contract problem (both diabolic and golemic), and the "emergent pressures" scenario a la "The Two Faces of Tomorrow."

This scenario is discussed in more detail in "Creating Friendly AI" (see §5.2.6, p. 91).

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