The Matrix taught us many lessons: Kung Fu is cool, humans make great batteries, and if left unchecked, AI will take over the world. But, probably the most impressive lesson of all is the power of choice when it comes to behavior change and the human psyche.
Like AI, learner choice can be a dangerous thing if left unchecked – see The Matrix. There is a delicate balance between the skilling needs of the organization and the professional development desires of its individuals. Choice is most productive when it is scaffolded by an organizationally-curated framework.