Good Ol' Uncle Sam -- always looking to take something relatively harmless and turn it into something the military can use (usually to blow things up).
In this case, the government has their sights set on the Segway -- the Human Transporter unveiled a year or so ago that was supposed to revolutionize urban transportation. Surely you've seen the thousands of Segways puttering through your local metropolitan streets? No? Hmmm.
In any event, the Pentagon is exploring the possibility of strapping robots with artificial intelligence to the scooters in the hopes of sending them -- rather than human soldiers -- into battle.
A commendable thought, really. But one has to ponder...didn't "Terminator" start out this way?