Previous generations experienced technological progress in many diverse forms. Magnifying lenses allowed mankind a glimpse of everything from distant galaxies to the workings of living cells. External combustion engines led to exponential improvements not only in transportation, but also in agriculture and manufacturing.
The internet is mankind's single biggest advancement in the facilitation of spread and democratization of knowledge, since the printing press.
Modern transportation systems connect our world physically, and sophisticated internet technologies connect our world informatically.