The stick, to me, seems archaic. Someone mentioned Formula 1 using the paddles. They don't even upshift anymore. There is a reason for that... It takes out the unreliable human factor of the perfect shift. That will allow for accurate, quick, consistent, reliable shifting, with probably a longer life on the transmission, because there is no human to miss a shift point. I don't see a down side, unless you're one of those nostalgic owners who prefers a 'stick' to call it a manual.
There are also some of those who preferred the old manual typewriters that required no power, in order to call it journalism.
I'm a fan of the paddles, and I also like the idea of having an automatic when I want to just cruise (DB9).
But you show me a person who can shift in .15 secs, at the perfect rpm, everytime, without missing a gear, over 1000 times, and maybe I'll change my perspective. But I, for one, am not that good, and I appreciate technology accounting for my shortfalls (to a point).