Wow, my first impression of this masterpiece were partially as you AceManOnTheScene
explained. Tho your analyze is in many ways much more sophisticated and eruditional than my first impressions are.
So in the darkest corners of my thoughts, it resembles how human has become a pet kind of creature for Robots. So they will suffer when their pets are being perished. Pets, just like we humans overestimate ourselves above all the animals and other life forms in our planet, even tho in the end, all we really are is just a part of nature, nothing more. We might own understanding that makes us superior to other life forms in some of the ways, but with it comes responsibility too.
Other first impression that came to my mind, was that we humans are "kind of gods" for the robots and their AI, which we will create. But in the longer run, due to our destructive and greedy nature, robots can't let us stay, spread and destroy nature. So they'll be forced to silent our voices, which might lead us gaining a status of God, amongst the robots. They'll have to make end of us, for continual and survival of "humanity", which they will be a part of, since we will program them to feel, understand emotions and all that resembles humanity. They'll be made by us humans, so they might believe like we do. And well, we will be their makers, so we are going to be the Gods for them, as long as we can be remembered, right?
What i'm trying to say is that I'd like to see human being evolve to another direction for our own good
Robots are welcome but human needs to change before it is too late.
This comment is not to be taken too seriously, it is just a play of thoughts.