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Mainframes: A Provisional Analysis of Rhetorical Frames in AI

Andrew Imbrie

James Dunham

Rebecca Gelles

Catherine Aiken

August 2020

Are great powers engaged in an artificial intelligence arms race? This issue brief explores the rhetorical framing of AI by analyzing more than 4,000 English-language articles over a seven-year period. Among its findings: a growing number of articles frame AI development as a competition, but articles using the competition frame represent a declining proportion of articles about AI.

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