18 September 2012 1:52 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Attention young robot-builders, mathletes, engineers and aspiring app developers: will.i.am thinks it's time for you to get the American Idol treatment. In his keynote remarks at Amsterdam's Ibc technology conference last week, the musician, producer, outspoken political activist and proud science nerd admitted that the talent pool for star-caliber vocalists on shows like American Idol, The X Factor and The Voice -- all three of which he has worked with -- is rapidly dwindling. But the format would work beautifully to find the world's next Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg or even Bobak "Mohawk Guy" Ferdowski, will.i.am says.

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