PYEONGCHANG — According to an important study by scientists at the ETH Zurich, the more you interact with the virtual world, the more detail you gain. Which means that, if you want to make more informed decisions, you should base your choices on measurements and extrapolate how you anticipate those metrics will change in the future.

For example, if a park is growing, one might expect to see more food choices in the parks. But if that food disappears in the next five years, perhaps it might be time to upgrade your plan. Ditto for a dentist, where one might expect some improvements in future. After a while, you may realize that your dentist’s model for future dental costs has shrunk in some respects.

If you’re competing in the Olympics, you might also want to look into the temperature in the venue’s swimming pool, and perhaps offer encouragement if conditions change.

I’m not surprised that choosing the right insights from the forecasts, however, is important. As demonstrated in the video above, a soft memory, a performance prediction, or a linear regression give us many more outcomes we want to be aware of.