This article is fucking trash.
It presumes that access to more information equates to more intelligence. It doesn't.
If access to information helped drive intelligence, the average person today would shit on Motzart and Einstein, and a 15 year old girl would have found the Higgs 2 years go while tweeting about Jake (he's so cuuuuuuute~!).
Then it presumes that such increased intelligence makes beings less likely to explore and seek out other beings. Horseshit.
If intelligent beings didn't care about less intelligent beings, we wouldn't have people who dedicate their lives to studying the less intelligent beings we have on this planet, or people who keep pets, etc.
If technologically advanced beings didn't care about exploring undeveloped places, Columbus and Magellan would have stuck their thumbs up their asses while tugging their dicks all day at home instead of all day at sea.
"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? (Don't answer, truth is, you're not smart enough to know)."
So we can't know what we'll do when we're more intelligent, yet TFS ignores that rule and tells us anyway? Laughable.
It's as fucking bad as Tyson's line about aliens not giving a shit about us because they'd be so far advanced that we'd be nothing but bugs or dust to them.
Why would you presume such a large gap in technological advancement? Why wouldn't there be civilizations who are just somewhat more advanced, to the point where we're still a curiosity? Wouldn't a growth in advancement lead to a growth in stellar reach, and thus increase our chances of meeting despite any lack of intentional interest on their part?
Why even presume a lack of interest comes along with advancement? We're excited when we see signs of water on other planets. We're actively looking for that shit. If we found a fucking planet full of boring space slugs we'd be going out of our fucking minds with excitement. We have people who dedicate their lives to talking to parrots and apes and shit. We literally know how to twerk our black booties to tell bees where some delicious pollen is.
Since the dawn of man we have wondered if we were alone in the Universe. There is no reason to presume that any other species would be different. Indeed, there is reason to believe that such curiosity goes hand-in-hand with intelligence and increased likelihood to become the dominant species on a planet.