'Twenty years ago if I asked you how many feet were in a mile (and you didn't know) you could go to a library and look it up. Ten years ago, you could go to a computer and google it. Today, you can literally ask your phone. It's not a stretch at all with the advent of wearable computing that coming soon - I can ask you that question and you'll instantly answer. ... How would you change if you had instant brain-level access to all information. How would you change if you were twice as smart as you are now. How about ten times as smart?
Flawed premise; Parroting data does not equate to intelligence. Intelligence requires comprehension of that data. You can google the WIKI for E8 theory and read it aloud but unless your next comment is,
"Oh, so if you picture a spherically inverted multifaceted poly-dimensional plexoid of random size, add in an elemental variable thermal/mass coefficient linking system based on the gravitational and magnetic field enhanced rate of change fluctuations of sub-atomic particles, then it all comes together like butter and honey on toast.", then I doubt you have any comprehension of what you have just read and are no smarter as a result of having read it.
Having instant access to all information will not result in higher IQ's, if anything it will lower them because important brain functions are being bypassed and will simply atrophy.
If this is universally the case with all higher lifeforms then we truly will never meet alien life but for reasons other than those listed in the article. They would have simply decided to stay home and articulate their pseudo-intellect with each other on some alien social network or other type of forum.
Oh crap, I just realized WE are the alien species other worlds are waiting on... eh, they can wait. I'm 2 "bloodthirsty" medals away from gold plating my M8A1 in BO2! :D