An interesting auto-flash exposure certain modern cameras have is flash metering subject to AF distance. That is really brilliant or, should I say, bright . Instead of relying on TTL metering, the camera sets flash duration based on AF measured distance, relying on the fact that the flash lightens the main subject and that the main subject is in focus (two very realistic assumptions). This way the flash duration will be proper even if the subject is not in the centre of the frame and even if it is quite black or white.
It's the same logic which was behind the flash exposure of cameras like the Canon Canonet with dedicated flash (better said: with a flash with guide number equal to the dedicated flash). The camera can be set in a way so that the focusing (precisely done through the rangefinder) also determines the aperture.
I am not really "against" automatisms. It's that their usefulness are limited to particular situations IMO.