There’s no bright side to the coronavirus killing tens of thousands of people and displacing many more.

But it has, in many cases, sped up businesses adopting digital transformation technologies to be better prepared should the current epidemic drags on as well as for the next epidemic.

Last week, Dongyan Wang, a vice president at the business software startup Landing AI, said that the coronavirus has led more manufacturers to consider upgrading their factories with cutting-edge data crunching. His startup is increasingly being contacted by companies that want to install more A.I. technologies to automate their operations—especially companies with facilities in Asia.

There’s no bright side to the coronavirus killing tens of thousands of people. But it has, in some cases, sped up businesses adopting certain technologies so they can be better prepared if the current epidemic drags on and for the next epidemic. Last week, Dongyan Wang, a vice president […]