Which reality has more advanced technology in the Star Trek universe, prime or alternate? It seems that the prime universe has more advanced technology in terms of sensors etc, but alternate pushes development of weapons etc, and has leaps in technology such as transwarp beaming.
( 3 months ago )
The Reboot universe
The universe seen in the Reboot timeline of Star Trek has more advanced technology than the same time period in the Prime timeline. This is due to Starfleet's exposure to the Narada, the Romulan vessel from the late 24th Century whose incursion into the 23rd Century had created the divergence between the two timelines.
From director J.J. Abrams himself:
The idea of the story is that at the beginning of the film something happens that changes the course of history. They cross paths with this futuristic ship, and it changes everything that would've been the classic series Trek fans are familiar with... One could argue that, based on the readings they got from the [Romulan] ship that showed up, it inspired ideas and technology that wouldn't have advanced otherwise... On the one hand, you could answer the question by saying that history got a boost, an adjustment, from this moment at the beginning of the film...