Photography is an art with a very high technical content. Crack open an optics textbook or a copy of Mees for a glimpse of the technology needed to place something in an "artiste's" (or hoi polloi) hands so that he need know no technology. Decrying 'too much technology' seems a bit silly.
There are all sorts of non-artistic diversions in this hobby, gear acquisition stands out to my mind and I am guilty as any of having more stuff than I reasonably need. Some like nothing more than doing film tests. Using technology to quickly get to the visualized print with the least waste seems pretty sane to me.
There aren't many who eschew light meters and do a five frame bracket for every shot. So why do the same in the darkroom? OTOH, sometimes bracketing is the solution.