In what can only be described as a surprising, a little baffling, and definitely bizarre move, Simon Cowell and Will.i.am are reported to be in talks to create a new reality show in the vein of ‘The X Factor’ that will go on the hunt for the next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg.
Will.i.am is a known gadget and technology lover. Intel went as far as to make him director of creative innovation in 2011. He even launched his own non-profit organisation, i.am.angel, stating that through it he wanted to find the next Bill Gates. With Simon Cowell involved, it looks like the search could reach TV screens too. Will.i.am explained:
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 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.
The chances of this show even making it to our screens is anyone's guess. Cowell recently dumped a reality show in which he would go on the hunt for the next superstar DJ. If music is his bread and butter, who knows how highly the IT world will rank. The guy wouldn’t even do Gangnam Style with Psy, Britney and Ellen!
We're not knocking what either men have done for their industry, or their ability in the business world, but making the move from the music/entertainment industry into the IT world might prove to be difficult. Although Will.i.am has proved that he has been able to make the transition without too much trouble. We can only imagine Simon Cowell sitting on a judging panel listening to someone talking about new technology that is scalable, built from the ground up using Internet-standard technologies, and fully integrated at the operating-system level!
Who's up for guessing that the name of the show will be "The Tech Factor?"