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In this article we introduce the concept of a human information appliance as a merging of advanced information technologies architectures (Martin Libicki) - Jeff Raskin's 1978 idea of an "information appliance" - and advancing science and engineering in cybernetics (the fusion of human and machine into a hybrid entity. That we create this technology/entity for the purpose of conducting and advancing situational awareness capability in intelligence - homeland - and diplomacy spaces - invokes the primary environment of national security critical infrastructures and their protection (CIP) for which we must investigate performance and risk dimensions in the future states that we describe. Due to the unique nature of this technology as a function of human evolution and human enhancement - we identify the variable of public human ethics for inclusion into the policy decision-matrix for our open society. This is initiated by examining the ethics of human enhancement in another national security scenario that involves information technology for enhancement outcomes within the realm of genetic therapy applied to weaponization and corresponding defensive technologies.
Date of Publication: Summer 2013