Ideas Writer and Editorial Writer

David Scharfenberg

David Scharfenberg is an editorial writer and staff writer for the Globe’s Ideas section. He previously worked as a reporter in the Globe’s State House bureau. A graduate of Brown University, he has written for The New York Times and The Providence Journal and was a radio reporter at WBUR in Boston.

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Innovation of the Week: AI chessmaster

By , Globe Staff

This self-taught program soundly beat its human-trained counterparts.

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Innovation of the Week: GPS-thwarting snack bag

By , Globe Staff

Tom Colella went to extraordinary lengths to ensure he could play golf.

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Relic of the Week: Divining rods

By , Globe Staff

Believe it or not, these are still in use.

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Innovation of the Week: Skipping ahead to the good parts

By , Globe Staff

Plot. Character development. Who needs it?