Have you ever been in an obstacle course that had multiple ways for you to proceed? What about reading a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book where at key moments to can make different choices resulting in different endings? More likely, you have played any number of video games that give you multiple options for how you might tackle the game’s objective.
Having decisions with uncertain outcomes to make is always a bit unnerving. We are much more comfortable with a contained situation where all the pieces of the puzzle are in front of us; like a jigsaw puzzle we might tackle on a vacation. While they might take a while to work through, we know we have everything we need to reach a solution. That is part of what makes them relaxing!
But in a world of integrated ecosystems, there are endless possible next steps with countless potential endings . . . and, like those immersive adventur