Earlier this week, I suggested the term “cloud computing” will fade away in time and simply come to be referred to as “computing.”

I still believe this to be true but, as a business forecaster, one must always beware of how the future may turn in some unexpected directions.

One threat to the future of cloud computing is the possibility of a large-scale meltdown as explained in this insightful article.

To better appreciate the idea of how a tiny negative feedback loop could spiral out of control in the cloud’s “network of networks” watch this classic video from the 1930’s on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (it also experienced a severe negative feedback loop):

Interested in some other “Black Swan” possibilities? Checkout these past posts by futurist and business forecaster Jack Uldrich:

Future Forecast: Hazy with a Chance of Catastrophe

A Future of Black Swans