8 Assignment

Part I:

The skill I would like to create is an air quality advisor. The Skill will tell people what the air quality is like in their area of the state. It will give information such as Air Quality Summery, Current Air Quality, Air Quality Forecast, Incidents and Advisories, and tell users if it is Spare The Air day.

I chose this idea because I a very active person and like to hike and do outdoor activities. I remember how bad the fires were around the state last year and how hard it was to find out information the air quality on the web and on the news for a specific location. I think knowing what air quality is like would be useful to anyone who has a job that is outside, people planning a trip, going to a outdoor event, or taking part in out door sports. People don’t always know what precautions to take or how to plan when it comes to air quality. The information is available in other places but the websites are hard to navigate and the news gives a general rating for the area not a specific location. The name of the skill is Blue Skies.

Part II:

Script

User: Alexa open Blue Skies

Alexa: Welcome to the Blue skies skill. I can tell you the current air quality, give you the 5 day air quality forecast, tell you about incidents and advisories tell you if its a spare the air day or give you the air quality summery which would you like to here.

User: Current Air Quality

Alexa: The current air quality is good with an AIQ of 46 the pollutant types present are Ozone. The current color level is Green. No health impacts are expected”

Alexa: Thank you for using the blue skies skill.

Scrip 2:

User: Alexa ask Blue Skies if its a Spare The Air Day

Alexa: there is no Spare the air advisories in effect today. No health impacts are expected. Barbecuing and wood burning stoves/ fireplaces are okay to use.

Alexa: Thank you for using the blue skies skill.

Part III:

Part IV:

The data for the skill would come from baaqmd.gov and the skill would use Alexa voice and SSML

 

Week 8 assignment

Part 1. This skill will give users news related to their local beaches. For example, how busy it is (determined by traffic), shark sightings, crime reports, weather, upcoming events, wave heights, Shark reports, local restaurants, weather (wind speed) ,  areas to surf, areas with bonfires, areas to skate (or like what kind of wheels are allowed), traffic (lightest/ heaviest traffic) (alternate routes) Inform users of upcoming events happening in the area, and general local news.

I chose this idea because I am from San Diego and I go to the beach a lot which is what gave me the idea. Than I spoke with my three sisters who all currently live in San Diego and these were some of things they were interested in knowing. I think knowing the traffic and how busy the beach is at the moment would be the most useful because I know a lot of times we head out to go to the beach and then to get their and see that there’s a million people there so we end up driving to another one when it would have been nice to know before we got there. In general I think people don’t always know what to do or need help planning their day and I think this skill would help. As well as provide local news to a very specific area. I think there will be two sets of users for this skill. First people who are local to the area and then tourist. I think the people who would interact with this skill will be trying to plan their day or weekend. So they would be using the skill in their homes right before they leave to go visit or spend a day at the beach or, they could also be using it in the car on the way to the beach. It will make planning your day or vacation easier. I think this skill allows users access to multiple resources all in one. The information might be available in other places but this skill brings it all together. The name of this skill is the Beach Report. I chose San Diego just as an example I think the skill could be used all throughout California. 

Part 2.

Script:

User: Alexa open Beach Report

Alexa: Welcome to the Beach Report. Would you like to hear local news, weather, traffic reports or more topics?

User: Weather

Alexa: In what area would you like to know the weather?

User: Pacific beach

Alexa: It is currently 72 degrees and partly cloudy.

User: Thanks.

Alexa: Your Welcome. Is there anything else I can help with you?   

User: Yes, what’s happening at mission beach today?

Alexa: Today the grunion run will begin. Would you like to hear more about it.

User: No

Alexa: Ok.  Would you like…

User: Alexa how high are the waves in La Jolla.

Alexa: Currently the waves are 1 to 2 ft or ankle to knee high.

User: Are there fire pits at La Jolla.

Alexa: There are 6 fire pits at La Jolla Shores.

User: Thanks.

Alexa: Your Welcome. Would you like to hear more about your local beaches?

User: No, that’s enough.

Alexa: Ok, enjoy your day at the beach.

Part 3. Link to map

Part 4. For this skill the data would come from theweather.com, GPS and I think mainly local news sources. So in this case my focus was San Diego so the sources could be the San Diego Reader, surfline.com (wave, wind, and tide reports) as well as the information from the city of San Diego website. I would also like to track how many people are in a certain area or how long the wait is at a certain restaurant near the beach is. I know google does this but I am not sure how we could do that with Alexa.

SB 320 Revised

Host intro: In California, Senator Connie Leyva proposed senate bill 320 that would require public universities to offer the abortion medications mifepristone (mefa-pri-stone) and misoprostol (Mice-o-prost-owl). We have Omar Perez on the campus of San Jose State University to hear student’s opinion on the controversial bill.

We met up with vice president of Spartans for Life Mariana Miranda on campus to discuss why she believes the possible health risk are overshadowed although the medication is FDA approved.

Miranda: “My primary concern is for the health of our female peers. It’s just not being talked about enough and the people who have written this bill or who are like working to support try to pass it off as extremely safe and private and it’s not going to lead to complications. But there are  history of recorded complications that occur with women who have used it.”

Host: Some of the possible side effects that she refers to can be hemorrhaging, blood clots or infections that may lead to death.

Miranda: “If there is even the risk of one girl having to go through that, that’s something that we should be really concerned about. “

Host: Not all students at SJSU share this point of view, Sociology major Alee Ransbottom thinks that the pill will be beneficial to students.

Ransbottom: “I think it may be a good idea in that sometimes it’s hard for people to go to Planned Parenthood and sometimes there even ashamed to go because people are outside protesting against it so maybe having it on campus would be a better way for them to get it.”

Even if the California Senate adopts the bill, there is still much to be done before becoming law. From San Jose State, Omar Perez.

Nicholas Girard, week 6, revised script

NG: After years of high mass-shooting activity, opinions on gun control are starting to change. The Florida shooting victims have been taking to stages and demanding change more than any previous survivor group.
Currently, it’s legal to go into a gun show in Nevada and buy guns.
KA: “That’s absolutely ridiculous. You could be selling to, you know: a gang member, you could be selling to a psychopath, you could be selling to someone who just got out of the mental hospital the day before. Like you have no idea.”
NG: Kelsey Agostini doesn’t pay much attention to politics. She’s from the San Francisco Bay Area and she wants gun shows to at least require some kind of fast background check system
KA: “It would definitely help people who are selling guns understand what kind of person they’re selling to.”
NG: Based on facts published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Gun-related violence in California increases after Gun shows in Nevada, multiplying interpersonal gun violence by 4 after gun shows.
While the momentum is gaining, the National Rifle Association still has a tight grip on the Republican

party. Republicans will not likely change their position on gun control unless challenged at the ballot box. Nicholas Girard California One.

Senate Bill 320

Host intro: In California, Senator Connie Leyva proposed senate bill 320 that would require public universities to offer abortion medication. We have Omar Perez on the campus of San Jose State University to hear student’s opinion on the controversial bill.

Mariana Miranda is vice president of Spartans for Life and she believes this legislation might not be the best for students at San Jose State.

Miranda: “My primary concern is for the health of our female peers. It’s just not being talked about enough and The people who have written this bill or who are like working to support try to pass it off as extremely safe and private and it’s not going to lead to complications. But there are  history of recorded complications that occur with women who have used it.”

Host: Some of the possible side effects that she refers to can be hemorrhaging, blood clots or infections that may lead to death.

Miranda: “If there is even the risk of one girl having to go through that, that’s something that we should be really concerned about. “

Host: Not all students at SJSU share this point of view.

Sociology major Alee Ransbottom has a different perspective.

Ransbottom: “I think it may be a good idea in that sometimes it’s hard for people to go to Planned Parenthood and sometimes there even ashamed to go because people are outside protesting against it so maybe having it on campus would be a better way for them to get it.”

Host: Even if the California Senate adopts the bill, there is still much to be done before becoming law. The legislation would have to be passed by the state Assembly and be signed by the governor from San Jose State, Omar Perez.

Salvatore and Selina Script Revised

Ortega is an economist, professor, powerlifter and hopes to soon add California lieutenant governor to the list. A firm believer in the power of the individual and the value of education, Ortega wishes to take her role as advocate for students to the state capitol. Salvatore Maxwell reports.

We are at Ortega’s office in the economics department where her busy schedule teaching and running a campaign keeps her moving from one place to the next.

During her time as economics department chair at San Jose State, Ortega has seen firsthand the difficulties students face paying for school and working with limited resources.

“I don’t underestimate what the trustees know but sometimes they need to hear a story about what has happened to the students and where they’re being hurt the most on this.” 0:43

She plans to spend a big part of her time voicing student’s concerns if she is elected lieutenant governor.

“That means going to the campuses. Going up and down California and both listening and talking to constituents to tell them what’s going on in Sacramento and to take their concerns back to Sacramento.” 0:17

Ortega recognizes that it will not be possible to achieve her goals at the state legislature level without compromise.

“I had training on that since I was a child.” 1:22

Mediating the arguments between her republican mother and her democratic father taught Ortega the art of compromise.

“They fought a lot and I was the peacemaker. I was the one that found the common ground.” 1:29

Her parent’s arguments allowed Ortega to understand two different political views but it was neither her mom nor dad that influenced her decision to register as a republican.

“What made me think about a particular party was Milton Friedman.” 2:45

Ortega was in college when she first heard the Nobel prize-winning economist’s ideas about the free market.

“I said I agree with this. I agree with the rational thinking, with the logic that he’s presenting and then I looked for the party that supported that agreement and that would have been the republican party.”

Ortega has never let anything stop her from pursuing something she wanted. She admits feeling defeated at times when things like sexism threatened to put her behind but she did not let it stop her.

“I pulled myself up by my bootstraps.” 13:34

The run for lieutenant governor is just another challenge Ortega is ready to take.