I am with Jasonjoel regarding his position on @kevin 's statement . Also, since dashboards are the only place in HE to see the status of things in your home when you are away, the dashboard is an essential piece of product. Since HE doesn’t allow for remote access without a VPN (like SmartThings did) their phone app only allows dashboards as a means of checking in on things or controlling them while you are gone. I get too many notifications on my phone right now to keep getting status updates. I check my phone to check in when I have time.
Dashboards are not optional because of automation, they are essential because HE doesn’t allow remote access without them. Even if HE did allow remote access, or if you have a VPN, the device list does not show the status of the device in the list. You have to open each one to see its status.
The purpose of a hub is not just automation. It is monitoring too.