It is however a stipulation of being a life form , but it isn't to have evolved..it is it that it must evolve.<quoted text>
Cart before the horse.
If a computer-robot could find an energy source and use that, build copies of itself, etc, then it would meet every objective definition of life we can muster. "To have evolved" is not a criterion for being alive, although the ability to evolve would make its resilience and persistence through time more likely.
But you still have a problem here, a computer was programed to do that stuff by an intelligent designer. Life gathered memory much slower , but its programing is to diversify. This is not a random action, life wants to keep on living. Had you been a hunter you would know this. There is a struggle to live and I truly think even the microscopic life has this consciousness. This is what all those researchers are saying , that cells communicate using biophotons.
Regardless of that though, AI could become conscious just like how data was determined to be a life form on star trek. Data does evolve (upgrades)and can reproduce himself. But we're a long long ways from there .