will.i.am has joined forces with Simon Cowell to create a new TV show to find tech entrepreneurs. Dubbed X Factor for Tech, the show will bring together Simon Cowell and Black Eyed Peas frontman in a 'talent' search that aims to find the next Bill Gates, Clive Sinclair or Chris Curry. In a statement will.i.am said:
"Nearly everything I do involves processors and computers, and when I see an Intel chip I think of all the creative minds involved that help to amplify my own creativity. Teaming up with the scientists, researchers and computer programmers at Intel to collaborate and co-develop new ways to communicate, create, inform and entertain is going to be amazing.
"Singing and performance create a couple of jobs - but this will create lots. It's about getting in touch with youth and giving them a platform to express themselves — whether that's in science or mathematics."
There is no launch date and no details about the show at this stage, but it would not be an entirely new venture for the Black Eyed Peas singer. He has previously been an advocate for an increased role of technology in education, and is a "director of creative innovation" for Intel. He also recently became the first pop star to have his song broadcast on Mars.