I can understand Fly-by-Wire aircraft, the computers do what the pilot wants and enhance an inherently unstable machine to perform correctly.
When it comes to needing software corrections for lenses, have we come to expect too much from the compromised designs of multi function zooms, at a price that we are prepared to pay, and is this the only way to achieve the standards that are expected and/or believed to be needed.
When was the last time you noticed any of these distortions
I doubt that you would see them in a landscape and I'm fairly sure I don't notice them in any of my art nude images,
(but then I am using one of the best lenses there is.)
"Distortion control data are used to correct barrel and pincushion distortion during shooting and editing"