So imagine this… it’s 2020 AD, and you’re at the grocery store. Your epaper list is folded into an origami bracelet, and as you approach each item on the shelves, the item’s RFID tag reaches through the utility fog to ping your bracelet. Your cart is loaded up as the utility fog grabs items off the counter, lifts them into your basket, and push-pulls your basket through the supermarket. The epaper bracelet is actually a link to a family-based Wiki to which all of your family members have contributed their shopping lists, so you know that your shopping is complete when the bracelet emits a bell-like tone, and that your teenage son isn’t going to complain, “oh, Mom, you forgot the peanut butter!” because it’s on your list because he put it there. As you walk past the Netflix kiosk, your epaper bracelet rents the movies you want to watch tonight, which are beamed to your house’s computer. The bracelet allows you to walk through the checkout line auto-magically with your cart, and the cost of your items can be individually billed either to your debit account or to your credit line. The shopping cart morphs itself as you cross the parking lot so that it interfaces perfectly with your car — relieving you of the need to lift groceries from cart to car trunk. And voila, you’re under way, because the car knows it’s you sitting in the driver’s seat, because you’re the right weight and body type. The car monitors your vital signs and makes sure you’re not falling asleep at the wheel.
That’s what the singularity might mean. Or it might mean that you get absorbed by the shapeless gray goo as the nanomachines run amok.