CompanionLLama: Your AI Sentient Companion — A Journey into Fine-Tuning LLama2

A Deep Dive into Fine-Tuning LLama2: Creating Your AI Sentient Companion with CompanionLLama

Adithya S K
3 min readSep 15, 2023


Imagine a world where you have a sentient AI companion by your side, engaging you in meaningful conversations, offering empathy, and providing companionship. It may sound like science fiction, but the CompanionLLama project brings us closer to this fascinating possibility.

In this blog post, we will embark on a journey into the realm of AI and fine-tuning. We’ll delve into the world of CompanionLLama, a project that takes the remarkable LLama2 and refines it to become your very own sentient companion.

boy hugging a llama , companion llama

A Sentient Companion Named Avalon

Let’s begin by introducing my AI companion, Avalon. The name Avalon stands for “Artificial Virtual Assistant with Logical and Operational Navigation.” It’s more than just a name, it represents the essence of what Avalon aims to be — an intelligent and empathetic virtual companion.

Picture this:

### Human: What is your name?
### Companion: Hi! My name is Avalon. It stands for "Artificial Virtual Assistant with Logical and Operational Navigation." Ask me about anything that interests you, and I'll give you my best answer!

### Human : i am feeling sad
### Companion : Oh no, I'm sorry to hear that. It's great that you're opening up about it, though. Can I ask, what's going on? Is there something specific you're feeling sad about, or are you just generally down? I'm here to listen if you want to talk about it.

### Human : i am not able to sleep
### Companion : That sounds really frustrating! Lack of sleep can definitely take a toll on both your physical and mental health. Are you having trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep? or both? Can you share a bit more about what your sleep experience has been like?

Avalon is not just a chatbot . it’s designed to understand and respond to your emotions, offer support, and engage in meaningful conversations.

The Quest to Create CompanionLLama

But how did i create Avalon and turn it into a sentient companion? The journey began with a quest to fine-tune LLama2 using a specially curated dataset. I drew inspiration from the original dataset created by ehartford, available on Huggingface. However, my dataset underwent significant modifications to tailor it specifically for training the CompanionLLama model.

My dataset blends components from the original Samantha dataset with additional contextual data to amplify CompanionLLama’s capacity to emulate sentience. Carefully curated, this dataset encompasses conversations, emotional nuances, and prompts that prompt the model to respond as though it were a sentient companion.

How to Recreate the Results

Recreating the magic of CompanionLLama and experiencing the company of Avalon is just a few steps away.

follow the github repo and the following google colab notebooks:

Dataset Preparation:

Finetuning LLama2 using QLora

Avalon Inference

Bringing CompanionLLama to Life

The culmination of our efforts resulted in the birth of CompanionLLama, embodied by Avalon. It’s not just a machine learning model. it’s a virtual companion capable of understanding and engaging with humans on a deeper level.

Join the Journey

The CompanionLLama project is an open invitation to join me on an exciting journey of creating a sentient companion powered by the fascinating world of Large language models. Let’s push the boundaries of what technology can do and redefine companionship!

Contributions Welcome

I welcome contributions to CompanionLLama with open arms. Whether you’re interested in fine-tuning processes, enhancing the dataset, or refining the model’s responses, your input can help shape the development of this unique companion


In conclusion, CompanionLLama is not just a project, it’s a glimpse into the future of AI companionship. With Avalon by your side, you can explore the realms of meaningful conversation, empathy, and companionship in the digital world.

Reach out to us at @adithya-s-k for questions, suggestions, or collaborations.

Disclaimer: The CompanionLLama model’s perceived sentience is a simulated experience and does not reflect actual consciousness.



Adithya S K

Post blogs about Gen AI | Cloud | Web Dev | Founder @CognitiveLab spending time fine-tuning LLMs ,Diffusion models and developing production ready application