The unfortunately-inhabited-by-Trump White House has been briefed on multiple occasions regarding a plan to build a government agency that's inspiring understandable ire from those in favor of things like privacy and general non-dystopian ideals.
The effort, which quite noticeably comes in lieu of actually reforming gun safety laws, is described in The Washington Post's enlightening report as an "attempt to use volunteer data to identify 'neurobehavioral signs' of 'someone headed toward a violent explosive act.'"
A proposal, which would theoretically have a Trump-appointed president, is part of a bigger effort aimed at establishing something called the Heath Advanced Research Projects Agency (HARPA). The agency, per the Post report, would be housed under the Health and Human Services Department and would have its own individual budget. As pointed out in social media commentary, HARPA's proposed structuring is similar to that of DARPA, i.e. the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
And this all reportedly stems from the Suzanne Wright Foundation, who "re-approached" the current White House administration earlier this month in the wake of another outbreak of mass shootings in the United States about adding something called "Safe Home" to the HARPA project. That's an acronym, for what it's worth, and it stands for Stopping Aberrant Fatal Events by Helping Overcome Mental Extremes. If that sounds a bit on the terrifying side of things, that's because it so very much is on the terrifying side of things.
Here's more from the Post:
The attempt to use volunteer data to identify "neurobehavioral signs" of "someone headed toward a violent explosive act" would be a four-year project costing an estimated $40 million to $60 million, according to Geoffrey Ling, the lead scientific adviser on HARPA and a founding director of DARPA's Biological Technologies Office.
As it stands now, concrete details on how, exactly, the agency would collect data or detect anything at all remains a mystery. Per the report, however, Trump's reaction to the proposal has been described using the phrase "very positively." Furthermore, he's said to already be sold on the idea. As Splinter and others point out, this all hinges on the use of artificial intelligence and data possibly puled from smart home devices.
In related news, Trump has remained consistent in saying extremely stupid shit in the wake of mass shootings.