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CNBC Transcript: Interview with will.i.am

Following are excerpts from the transcript of a CNBC interview at Davos by Tania Bryer and will.i.am.

TB: Thank you so much, Julia. Yes, I'm here with Will.i.am, the music superstar, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Good morning to you, Will. Thank you so much for talking to us first on CNBC, because I believe you won the prestigious Crystal Award last night. How did that feel for you, being up in front of the great and the good?

W: It was great to be acknowledged, the work that you do and the things that you're passionate about, and helping those that have been left behind and bringing them up to speed so they could solve tomorrow's problems and create jobs. So for your work to be acknowledged, and in front of all these influential folks that do a lot around the world, it's great. And to be there at the same time as Leo, we come from the same area in LA, we've known each other since we were 16, so it's kind of surreal.

TB: Will, I know that you came from a very poor background, it was a ghetto, you've described it as, with a lot of gangs going on. The journey that you've taken here to Davos, and getting an award, I mean, that's quite something.

W: Yes, and that's what I tell our kids. You know, I tell our kids, in our schools, I started with 60 kids, now I have 320 kids, and I tell our kids that if they're disciplined and dedicate themselves around this curriculum, their tomorrow's going to be pretty amazing, and the things that they're going to be doing in society. Unfortunately, my industry isn't as healthy as it used to be, so that's the reason why I'm telling kids to aim their dreams in a career path in science, technology, engineering, mathematics. You know, our kids build robots, they write code, they go to China every year to learn Mandarin and Cantonese, so I'm really happy that our kids are committed and out doing all they can to recruit more kids.

TB: The theme here for this year in Davos, of course, is the Fourth Industrial Revolution, but you were early on in this space. Are they a bit late, do you think? Is it too late to talk about this theme?

W: I think right now is an important time, you know. AI is a $100 million investment from various companies to make sure that artificial intelligence gets smarter, and the sad thing is that we don't have the same investment towards education. So machine learning surpasses group learning. And so to talk about the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and celebrate it, but at the same time put a flashlight on some of the hurdles that we need to jump over as a society, and how is every human being equipped with tomorrow's tools, you know, these are important conversations, so regardless if it was, you know, they're too late, it's never too late. Yes, it's exciting times.

TB: What about for you here in Davos, Will? What do you hope to achieve? I know you were here last year, so what's the agenda here for you?

W: To find more tools for our kids. So I go around the world and meet amazing folks that do amazing things, so if I could come into contact with folks that have awesome programmes that I think should be brought to our school that would be really good.

TB: Just finally, Will, the Vice President, Joe Biden is here as well-,

W: I saw him for breakfast.

TB: Did you have a good chat with him?

W: Yes, yes, yes, yes.

TB: What did he tell you?

W: We were just talking about the things that we should be doing in the States, and he gave me a good, not a pat on the back, but just motivation to keep doing what we're doing.

TB: So who will you be voting for in November?

W: Oh, that's a tough one. Hillary.

TB: It will be Hillary? Not Trump?

W: I like TV.

TB: Well, Will, thank you so much for joining me here in Davos this morning.