Driverless Tractors, Underground Robots And Bees With Backpacks

The future of science and technology has landed in Brisbane.

Data61 is a major showcase involving CSIRO researchers and inventors.

On Tuesday they took over 40 booths filled with robotics, data prediction and virtual reality.

''This event is significant. Australia has a $315 billion dollar GDP opportunity if it capitalises and translates the sort of research that we're doing into industry. In sectors like mining or agriculture or healthcare." Data61 CEO Adrian Turner said.

"It can also create new industry and then create digital exports for the country."

Benjamin Tam is behind a walking robot called Gizmo.

''Gizmo is our smallest robot that we've designed and it's specifically designed to go into confined spaces - under buildings, into tunnels or sewage pipes. With these robots you can just send the robot in, not the human into dangerous areas."

Benjamin says he became interested in robotics from a young age, after watching cartoons and transformers.

Now he's practically part of the Jetson Family.

''I think it's growing up and seeing technology that wasn't real life, it was in cartoons and I became motivated to invent this stuff."

"Hopefully in another 20 years we will have a full size humanoid robot that will help you in all different environments. It's cool."

John Deere's autonomous tractor is bringing farming into the future.

It can go off road, unlike other driverless cars. So you can load it up with tools, equipment or produce and send it on its way across the paddock.

Virtual reality is a big deal here too.

The researchers have been using the technology to track honey-bees to help protect the species.

''It's for preservation of the honey bee. We put an ID tag on the bee in order to track where they go," said the CSIRO's Florence Wang.

"We simulate environmental variables such as air temperature and humidity."

It seems the future isn't so far away after all.

''We need people to invest in these breakthroughs, and take their breakthroughs to the rest of the world," said Turner.