It is a classic ‘first contact’ or ‘first sentience’ type story. My main objection to these is that by Integrated Information Theory we know that all systems with information, exclusion and integration have a level of consciousness. Thus the differences between one and another are a matter of degree rather than kind.
Otherwise it is an engaging read, I give it four stars.
The first story in the Robot Chronicles, you can get the whole set as an ebook for under $5 on Amazon.