I'm assuming that as they're advanced enough to see it's self-replicating and absorbing nutrients which it uses to make more of itself, they might think of it as an inefficient micro-robot and wonder if this was how their race began.
If they're aware in the same way we're self aware that is.
Humans contrast things to themselves to learn about them, and I'm guessing this is common across sentient species. If we're the creators of these robots that's what seems likely.
How advanced are these robots? Long lifespans would make me guess very advanced. Were they built with emotions or anything beyond pure observation/logic?
Ok, I'll look at this more tomorrow. Bed time!
I'm thinking they have neural capabilities in excess of humans and started out with projected functionality of about 100,000 years - although they can replace their parts so theoretically they could last indefinitely as long as they can continue to secure the resources to maintain themselves. They are self aware but much more logical than humans - still curious though.
I like the idea that the might first compare these little self replicating chemical units to themselves, as a very primitive and simple robot. The idea here is to consider 'life' if your only observation of it was very very simple organisms, like mold. The idea of the robots is to remove ourselves from the picture.
Assuming that these robots have never seen a life form before, be it plant or animal, I would guess it would blow most of their circuits.
Maybe this God that Christians worship is one of those freaked out robots from the year 148,426 PF-ACB (After Circuits Blown) trying to replicate the mold lol.
To be honest though if we want to compare it to our current lives mirrored as the robots.
The discovery would be mentioned briefly on some Robot news channels before returning to their main story about the troubled war between worshipers of Roboticon and X100 fundamentalists, later its on to discussing what happened on Robot hooker housewives,and then cutting to the editorial show with Robot politicians arguing about Robot metalade , thank goodness the other channel has Robot sportscenter.
The robot scientists who made the discovery would work tirelessly on it but no chance that evolution of mold would ever be taught in a good Robot school as it was only a theory that the mold was alive anyway.It just doesn't sit well with Robot faith and a belief in one true computer.
I would in fact need to study the robots more to be able to understand how they would react..
Without any information other than the information provided here.. I would expect bewilderment and fear at early stages and then experimentation could lead to so many other things.. Is there a concept of nano-tech is my biggest question? Because knowledge of tiny nano machines could lead to easier understanding of small living self replicating creatures..
My idea here is to focus on an interpretation of the sorts of life one might have been able to observe in the first 2 billion years of evolution outside the context of the more complex organisms that followed. At that point the 'higher' life forms would have been mold/mildew and the only visible life would have been scum and discolouration of rocks that couldn't be attributed to oxidation. With no concept of multi-cellular organisms, what exactly makes prokaryotes and/or eukaryotes 'alive'? Do you think they can be perceived as nothing more than a complex chemical reaction? Would one perceive any concept of an external 'force' behind them, something one might call 'life'?
With no consciousness (whatever that truly means), memory, or even instincts - what exactly makes primitive organisms 'alive'? Before Pasteur, no one had any concept of 'life' existing without a 'mind'. I often like to think of my batches of home brew as a 'yeast aquarium' and even brew from the perspective of keeping my little yeasties happy and healthy but that is a complete fallacy (just a good mnemonic for what to do next). What does it even mean for yeast to be 'alive'?