But why not? From Rod Kackley at PJMedia:
The “AI Index” released by Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SRI International, and other research organizations shows artificial intelligence produced in the United States is no smarter than a five-year-old. And Yann LeCun, the head of AI for Facebook, said even the most advanced artificial intelligence systems are no sharper on the uptake than vermin.
The term “artificial intelligence” has been around since the mid-1950s when science fiction writers fantasized about automobiles that drove themselves, computers that could see, and even phones smart enough to respond to spoken commands.
However, the Stanford-led group that produced the AI index is the first to attempt to create a baseline to measure the technological progress of artificial intelligence. More.
One problem is, animals become smarter in part by having desires and needs. How does one make artificial intelligence want anything?
Now, in fairness, vermin (especially rodents) are very smart, as your cat would tell you. In recognition of all he does for you in keeping them away, go straight to the fridge and cut off a decorously small hunk of prime rib for him, then leave it on a high shelf he can get up to but dogs can’t … Possibly, in two centuries, the artificial intelligence will have caught up with the system within which the cat lives and works every day. And he is no genius.
See also: At LiveScience: Will AI become conscious?