Last week, Gary Illyes from Google told webmasters to leave the Authorship markup, which Google stopped supporting in August 2014, on their pages: http://searchengineland.com/google-leave-your-authorship-markup-on-your-page-232090
Well, it has been a common belief ever since Authorship was removed that Google, although they will no longer support the markup, is still paying attention to names. Danny Sullivan wrote a blog post about this the day after Authorship was removed: http://searchengineland.com/google-authorship-dead-author-rank-202254. For evidence, Sullivan quotes Google's Eric Schmidt:"Within search results, information tied to verified online profiles will be ranked higher than content without such verification, which will result in most users naturally clicking on the top (verified) results."
Do you foresee a return of Google's Authorship? If so, how do you expect it to be different than it was during its first run?