Who would have thought, when the Millennium dawned, that it would end with both British and American troops dying in Afghanistan.
Would you have believed that millions would be communicating and doing business over the world wide web? And would you have agreed that climate change was a greater threat than terrorism?
This has been a decade when history has been on fast forward. Now, as we near the end of the decade, Edward Stourton looks at the big picture, charting the revolutions in science, technology and politics.
What are the underlying themes of the past ten years and what does it all add up to?
Part one: A Googling We Go
Ten years ago the internet was in the cyber equivalent of the Stone Age. Then along came Google.
The internet search engine has revolutionised what it means to go online and now accounts for 70% of all information searches in the world.
Its story parallels that of the internet itself - imagined by visionaries, embraced by the public and harnessed - not always successfully by enterprise. But some of the promise has faded leaving us with a complex world with both moral and legal pitfalls.
Edward Stourton speaks to Eric Schmidt - Chief Executive of Google; Martha Lane Fox – British government digital inclusion champion; and Internet guru Cory Doctorow.
This documentary was first broadcast on click and aired on the World Service on Monday 21 December.
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