Before we get all high nosed about our status as a uniquely 'intelligent' species, it's important to consider that our genetics are 98% identical to chimps, and that dolphins are arguably self aware. Pets have been known to rescue their human companions. Would a ****ing table do that? Apes have made effective use of tools and learned sign language. Some are plenty smarter than most humans i've met.
About the only things humans are capable of that no animal species is, to my knowledge, is the ability to form some kind of 'philosophy' and to construct objects many times larger than us. However, 99% of philosophies have proven useless or dead wrong, and these objects have also unleashed a floodgate towards runaway pollution and weapons of mass destruction. Our ability to solve our way out of self-created problems is seriously in doubt. I don't see any animal species ****ing up the planet quite like humans, so let's pay them some respect.
As to those emotionless objects you dismiss as inferior, computer AI is expected to soon far exceed the thinking capabilities of any humans. By your logic, we will ourselves be closer to tables and no more than property to the computers