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Pas tout à fait. Il est aussi une astuce de survie permettant de compenser la probabilité d’accident mortel de l’individu. Imaginons en effet un organisme qui ne mourrait pas, et n’aurait par conséquent aucune raison de se reproduire. ) sont minimes, la probabilité qu’un tel événement se produise tendra néanmoins inéluctablement vers 100 % à mesure que son existence s’allongera. Sans reproduction, ce serait l’espèce même qui serait menacée29. Mourir pour mieux évoluer : le grand loto des mutations génétiques Troisième et dernier visage de la « mort utile » : son rôle dans l’évolution darwinienne.

L’émergence de moteurs intelligents, d’algorithmes auto-apprenant suppose la participation de milliers de chercheurs de par le monde, que seul Internet peut réunir en temps réel. La diffusion immédiate de toute innovation, de toute découverte est la première pierre de l’envol de la cognitique. La première étape correspond à la mise en commun, la mutualisation des connaissances à l’échelle de la planète. Cela se fait sous plusieurs formes. D’une part, par la création de moteurs de recherche porteurs d’un embryon d’intelligence artificielle.

Pour le dire schématiquement, la dégénérescence de la vieillesse est la contrepartie de la formidable vitalité de la jeunesse. Tout est fait pour que nous soyons dans la meilleure forme possible jusqu’à la procréation ; ensuite, l’évolution n’intervient plus : le but est atteint et le flambeau de la vie transmis. Tout athlète sait qu’un sprint et un marathon correspondent à deux gestions de l’énergie tout à fait différentes : le sprinteur donne toute l’énergie disponible en une dizaine de secondes pour gagner la course, mais le maintien d’une telle vitesse sur une longue distance est très difficile.

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