Another timely Nicholas Carr post. For another take on trends in this domain, check out David Gelernter's essay "The Future of Software" from "What Are You Optimistic About?"; his "empty computer" model is intriguing.
Is this the Cloudbook dock?
As reported by MacNN and Mac Rumors, this drawing appears in an Apple patent application, published today by the patent office, for an "integrated monitor and docking station." (It looks like Jobs may have done the drawing himself.)