This is the sort of experiment involved in showing how organic life, even complex organic life, comes from a bunch of inorganic chemicals interacting. It's not very complicated to run or understand. It's been around for decades in one form or another.
The most interesting element though is defining "what is alive" in that vague area between "life" and "non-life". I'm not sure I agree entirely with those definitions of what is alive. But there's still room in that for self-replicating AIs, nano-machines, etc. And because of the "evolve" characteristic, it does get around the "fire" issue. So they're not terrible.