Shiri's creators say the project has two main points, the first being the innovative use of robotics technology.
The second, according to their YouTube video, "is to raise the argument as to what perceptions will be manifested in the minds of people who communicate with Shiri."
Well then, allow me to start the conversation. While, yes, the mechanics are top notch, am I the only one who can't get over the fact that Shiri looks like something found on the bottom shelf of a serial killer's refrigerator?
"But it's in the name of science," I can hear defenders saying. Seriously, watch Takahashi as he "scientifically" protrudes (his word, not mine), slaps, caresses and plays the drums on his silicon slab and tell me you're not at least a little skeeved out.
And the fact that Shiri is a legless and trunkless chunk that looks like it came off the chopping block of a butcher shop is certainly not lost on me. Judging by his kiss transmitter and his current butt project, Takahashi seems to be writing himself a one-way ticket to a dehumanized destination. Sayonara, dude.