01/10/2012 10:46 | By Matt Farrington-Smith, editor, MSN Tech & Gadgets

Simon Cowell and will.i.am search for next Bill Gates

Stars to begin new search to discover who's got the tech factor on 'X Factor for Tech'.

Despite being at loggerheads following stints on 'The X Factor' and 'The Voice' - the talent show rivals are teaming up in a bid to uncover the next big thing in technology.

We expect the new Simon Cowell and will.i.am show to be "dope". Image Quasar, Jonathan Short, PA.

We expect the new Simon Cowell and will.i.am show will be "dope"

Hot on the heels of being the first artist to have a song ("Reach For The Stars") broadcast on another planet, the Black Eyed Peas frontman revealed his ambitious proposal at a London technology conference:

"We're working on a project called 'X Factor for Tech' and it's going to be out of this world. Singing and performance create a lot of jobs, but this will create lots... Simon's cool.We had a wicked dinner a couple of weeks ago and it was really nice."

Talent show for geeks

The average reality-TV fan may not necessarily appreciate will.i.am's tech kudos; he was made Intel's Director of
Creative Innovation in 2011 and has also launched his own non-profit organisation 'i.am.angel Foundation' in an effort to transform lives. So this isn't the first time the singer has spoken up about leading innovations in technology.

The new show will search for the next Bill Gates. Image Carolyn Kaster

The new show will search for the next Bill Gates
- but what would Bill himself make of all this?

will.i.am said: "Every year, companies like Google need more innovators, but there is no content celebrating them. The system thinks people are dumb and they don't care. We have no desire to make them care."

And although will.i.am has his fair share of detractors, we find it hard to disagree with the man - after all, he has a

"We need creative people working with broadcasters, making smart content to inspire people to be geniuses."

...On the judging panel

If the new show takes the well-worn structure of Cowell's past triumphs ('Pop Idol', 'The X Factor', 'Britain's Got Talent' etc.) we can expect a judging panel of industry veterans, exciting-new upstarts and the token comedy figure (Louis Walsh).

If we were to pick the new panel we'd choose Justin Timberlake (Timberlake has both cool music credentials as well as his new venture at Myspace), one of the Angry Birds could provide an interesting perspective from the app community (not to mention being a million-seller), and one of the cast from 'The Big Bang Theory' would help secure the show's tech credentials.

Maybe will.i.am could even combine holographic technology from his 'Peas stageshow? With the ghost of Steve Jobs putting in a special appearance come judges' houses stage.


However in all seriousness, is an X Factor reality gameshow really the right medium to find such a visionary: what would Bill Gates or even Steve Jobs have said about this? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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