The issue of pilots using automatic pilot to fly an airplane for most a flight is pretty widely known and accepted. Still, I think most people find comfort knowing that there are really human hands and an experienced pilot's brains ready to take over in case of problems, or in situations where human judgement is called for.
More and more, there's a push to do away with pilots and to have flights be pilotless (ie. on automatic pilot the entire journey). Here's a few articles relating to this topic:
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