Trump wants to use mental health data to prevent violence

The White House is reconsidering the creation of an agency within HHS that would use artificial intelligence to identify risk factors associated with violent acts like mass shootings, according to The Washington Post.

The project would use data from Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo, Google Home, fMRIs and tractographies, according to the report. The hope is this data, combined with advanced AI technology, would provide insights on potential mental health changes that might influence violent behavior, according to the report. The proposed project is called Safe Home — an acronym for "Stopping Aberrant Fatal Events by Helping Overcome Mental Extremes," according to The Washington Post.

The project could be controversial, as many researchers believe mental health and acts of mass violence are not strongly linked, according to the report.

Safe Home would be housed within a new agency, the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency, which would be modeled after the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, according to the report. The agency was first proposed in 2017 to use technology to accelerate applied research in healthcare. It was brought up again after the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, according to the report.

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