There seems to be no limit how far some countries/cultures are willing to dumb down pilot standards based on some of the accidents in recent years. Just how far should the manufacturers be required to dumb down airplanes? I know some pilots who feel it has gone far too far already. And just how far should we expect the state of the art of technology to make up for idiots who have no business in a cockpit? Speaking for myself I'll take a well qualified human pilot over a computer every day of the week. We need to quit lowering standards for everything and hold people to achievable standards. If 3rd world countries don't mind making smoking holes in the ground from time to time because they want to hire pilots who work for $25000 a year its fine with me. I just won't buy a ticket on their airplane and I'll ask my Senator to ban their planes from American airspace.