Well, facial recognition isn't doing much if people wear masks, is it. ;)
But I think we are entering a time like we never had before. The dollar based international financial system is falling apart. Soon the big opponents, China and Russia, will challenge the USA with their own world currency, pushing the West into a finacial crisis that makes 2008 like a childs birthday party. It will even have more impact than the 1930s world economy crisis, because there is no recovery - rather a total new beginning at the terms of the new rulers.
And its safe to say, our lives will become worse before it gets better again. Much worse.