"If we have artificial gravity on a ship(Enterprise style), would't we have the ability to create other gravity based technologies like folding space for distant travel?"

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    $\begingroup$ What is your exact question? $\endgroup$ – MEPx Sep 12 '16 at 23:15
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    $\begingroup$ This seems to be a particular case of What factors could lead to a narrow focus of technology? $\endgroup$ – Theraot Sep 13 '16 at 0:19
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    $\begingroup$ This doesn't even seem like a proper question. $\endgroup$ – Renan Sep 13 '16 at 0:45
  • $\begingroup$ See this Answer. Same answer exactly. (That Q was also closed, BTW.) $\endgroup$ – JDługosz Sep 13 '16 at 3:36
  • $\begingroup$ (continued) this question worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/52327/… Sorry if this isn't friendliest welcome to Worldbuilding SE, but it's an art in asking the right questions here. Your question has the core of an interesting idea, it just has to be framed in form that answers can be given proper form. Don't be discouraged. I hope to see more questions & answers from you. $\endgroup$ – a4android Sep 13 '16 at 4:59

Simply, the energy requirements would not scale. One way to prevent in universe abuse is to increase the energy requirements with mass and distance and have it in an exponential fashion. You could store and release energy in a instant to jump, but artificial gravity would require power, over a long time. attracting say, a 300 kg creature to a nearby floor mounted gravity generator would be 'cheap'. Heck, you could use it to move cargo. As weight increases, power requirements increase, making gravity manipulation for permanent inter-spatial folds in space difficult.

A 'jump drive' may work in this fashion since it pinches space for a infinitesimally short period of time. However a snap-back effect might happen, with the potential of massive energy release or other side effects, depending on your universe


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