The problem with automation is you have to learn to think like the designer (of the system or software) thinks. Example:Bill Gates probally never had a problem with Windoze 95.
While different levels of automation can be desirable and useful at times, weak batteries can always thrash plans to use same.
Where as, using the most powerful computer known, the human computer, you can self automate and get along fine without any batteries. Just look at some of the most amazing images taken in the past with only manual cameras. Automation is just something else to sell or buy, but not always beneficial or needed.