As an educator, I beg to disagree to some extent with your premisses :
You write :
Intelligence is connecting ideas, things, people in a way that gives us a result.
Intelligence is finding elegance in a new option, seeing a new opportunity, asking a new question.
But how can you connect what you don’t know or realise that what you thought was new had actually been discovered ages ago…?
I think the very real problem you highlight, viz. so many things to read / learn, so little time & then there are computers anyway, stems from the conflation of two separate issues :
1. Our nostalgic hankering for the Renaissance Man model of culture & knowledge (and Leonardo da Vinci was exceptional even for his time anyway!). Modern science has simply put paid to that myth, but most Western education curricula are still in thrall to it.
2. Computers can do everything we can faster & better : well yes BUT what if all power resources eventually disappear? Good luck with running operating systems then… plus not everyone can understand coding & algorithms and, personally, I’m not wild about a system where ignorance will allow the few to keep distorting things for the many.
What a good education should provide you with is the ability to think on your own two feet, make informed decisions and not feel guilty about not having universal knowledge.
Keep up your creative caffeine, it makes for really enjoyable reading.