|Event Name||Engineering readiness: Technology Readiness Levels as a calculative device|
|Start Date||14th Sep 2018 9:30am|
In many industrial organisations, technology readiness levels (TRL) are considered as recipes for assessing technological progress, yet the coordinative role of TRL in configuring technology development and design processes has remained unclear and deserves scrutiny.
For purpose of analysis, we consider the technology development process as a collection of temporary spaces (Clausen & Gunn), where the functionality and reliability of an invention are negotiated and improved across specialized networks, that the invention might be incorporated into new applications. Of particular interest, is the mutual shaping between the centralised calculating device in the hand of a technology manager, and distributed development and design activities spanning roles between commissioning and mediating intermediary objects (Vinck). Finally, and in contrast to the general understanding of relevant literature, we illustrate the inherent strength of TRL as a provoking, dialogic instrument and how its mobilized objects engender new problematizations.