I'll never get the whole "if it doesn't have a manual transmission blah blah" thing.
It's a technological marvel that allows you to focus less on shifting and more on driving.
That's kinda why F1 cars have it.
The same old school argument could be made about things like power steering, power brakes, independent suspension etc.
I'm sure someone somewhere 30 years ago, said these are all things that "take away from the driving experience"
To me these things enhance the experience.