EditorialGuy - 2:18 am on Oct 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
If authoring influences rank then yes, in a sense, they are.
If and when AuthorRank (to use the popular term) is deployed, it will be merely one factor in Google's algorithm. And it's likely to apply only to searches where author reputation might legitimately come into play.
Two other things to keep in mind:
1) The concept of author reputation isn't something Google thought up. Google is simply taking a long-established concept and bringing it to Web search. (If you want to learn about microbiology, would you rather read a bylined article by a microbiologist or a story by Joe Nobody at Examiner.com?)
2) There's nothing new about authors using their real names on articles, either--even if they're listed in the phone book.