A few years ago, I investigated an auto-stabiliser called the HAL.
Even then, it was fairly old-tech, but it worked very well.
You can see it in action here. It's fitted in my friend's Ready 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56TlDkyq ... ature=plcp
I didn't make the second video, which I had planned, but I did investigate the HAL's ability to "rescue" a bad situation. On a number of occasions, I placed the model in unusual attitudes and then left HAL to sort things out ... it performed very well, returning the model to the trimmed attitude with great alacrity. I'm not suggesting that HAL is a panacea or a replacement for a human instructor; but it is a useful tool to have in your kit.
In my view, these auto-stabs are great, but experienced pilots find them a bit disconcerting. It's as though there is an intermediary between your control input and the model's responses ... and there is!
I remember flying my Stampe, in company with my friend, who was flying his Tiger Moth. Both models were about 84" span ... and it was quite turbulent weather. Well, I was working hard, esp during the landing approaches, whereas my friend seemed to be coping much better than me. It turned out that he had fitted a HAL to his model and was using it to augment the stability. No doubt about it, machines make the best pilots.
When you are learning to fly, you would be advised to have everything in your favour. Make it easy for yourself. For instance, if you choose to fly in windy conditions, you will be unable to mentally separate the effects of gusts from your own control demands. You'll end up confused and intimidated.