The author claims that "We can ill afford the economic and social impact of another massive power outage."
On the contrary, we afforded it in 2003, and we can afford it again!
What we CAN'T afford is a grid smart enough to shut itself down or brown out at random, for no good reason, like a Windows OS, because the programmers developing all that smartness weren't smart enough.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.