Thanks to Saman Amirpour for pointing out Evan Ackerman’s IEEE Spectrum article: First FAA-Approved Drone Test Site Goes Live Next Week. Ackerman describes the thin edge of the drone wedge coming to life in a research area and a game preserve in North Dakota, so that commercial operators can begin to characterize the behavior of their drones, even when out of line-of-site contact with operators and owners. The eventual thick end of the wedge will be the FAA’s national drone regulations, which I believe are likely to come through within the next couple of years, even counting on some delays. I write about Robot Smog– about the social impact of drones when they are everywhere. But here are first baby steps.