# Does the positive mass conjecture indicate a necessity of interactions in our universe?

The positive mass conjecture was proved by Schoen and Yau and later reproved by Witten. Total mass in a gravitating system must be positive except in the case of flat Minkowski space, where energy is zero. Since QG is intended to be a theory of interaction with force particles called gravitons, one may begin to wonder if the interactions are in fact the important defining features of the space in question. So does a theory with interactions also require that space be curved?

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