I had the same thought too … until two other thoughts emerged. First, the Bar *should* be close to the screen so that our eyes do not have to move far to seek the right virtual key. Second, there is the issue of inadvertent palm touch.
More generally, I am looking forward to this year’s MBP upgrade (if there is one). Rumors say that more RAM will finally be available.
I do wonder, is the Touch Bar the new Taptic Engine?