What this article (and summary) should be focussing on is not the fact that intelligent people can be distracted but on why society is under-utilizing their capabilities to such an extent that boredom is possible
Society under-utilizes gifted people because otherwise gifted people would become some kind of "elite"
Do they create more than they destroy?
Prove they destroy real wealth first, then we'll talk.
I suspect that this is not easily done.
If someone's going to try, I suggest comparing the spending power of a $ in the hand of someone at the top or bottom of the chain for any given commodity...
Established technology tends to persist in the face of new technology. -- G. Blaauw, one of the designers of System 360